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Dong-Hyun Kim Quietly Moving Up the Welterweight Ladder

After a win over Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in Saitama, Japan, Dong-Hyun Kim moved to 8-2 (1 No Contest) in his career in the UFC. For such an impressive record, there is almost no buzz behind Kim. Certainly, his fighting style isn’t the most visually appealing, but even Jon Fitch was eventually given a title shot after racking up an impressive UFC record. If he can win another fight or two, it seems as if Dong Hyun-Kim could be setting himself up for a title match with Georges St. Pierre.

After establishing his contendership in 2011 with wins over Nate Diaz and Amir Sadollah, Kim was given a title eliminator with Carlos Condit, Kim was stopped by the knees and hands of Condit in an amazing display of violence. Condit nailed the usually durable South Korean with a flying knee and followed it up with brutal punches on the ground. At the time, it was both Kim’s first loss and stoppage.

Since the loss to Condit, he has three wins against Paulo Thiago, Bahadurzada, and Sean Pierson. His only loss occurred due to a fluke rib injury, which happened only forty-seven seconds into his bout with Demian Maia. Maia took down Kim and it appeared as if Kim broke a rib when he landed on the mat. Neither fighter really got a chance to showcase their skills. The matchup between Maia and Kim is still fresh in my mind and we never got to see how a fight between those two grapplers would truly play out.

Kim has rebounded from his violent KO loss to Condit. A rematch with the surging Maia would be a fitting matchup at this point. Both fighters are on win streaks and it would give Kim a chance to avenge his freak loss to the jiu-jitsu wizard. If Maia can defeat Kim once more, he can solidify himself as a true title contender in the welterweight division. If Kim can avenge his loss to Maia, he’ll only strengthen his case that he one of the top contenders to Georges St. Pierre’s title.

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