Dong Hyun Kim rebounded from a tough loss to Demian Maia earlier this year, dominating Paulo Thiago Saturday at UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le.
Kim suffered a rib injury in the early moments of his loss to Maia and was unable to continue. The fight pushed him to return quickly, and now he wants a second chance at Maia.
When asked about his next opponent, Kim simply stated, “Demian Maia,” during the post-fight show on Fuel TV.
The South Korean fighter was one of the most popular athletes on the card from China, and he didn’t disappoint. Kim (16-2-1) controlled Thiago, using his extra-long arms and legs to continually mount and work for submissions.
“We have researched Thiago and knew he was weak from the inside position,” Kim said. He also pointed to the time difference in competing in China, adding that it “like the difference between night and day,” for himself having to adjust compared to when he fights in the U.S.