Dong Hyun Kim put forth arguably the best performance of his Octagon career Saturday, dominating Paulo Thiago from bell to bell at UFC on Fuel TV 6.

The main card attraction took place at Cotai Arena in Macau and was highlighted by Kim’s superior grappling, which carried him to a unanimous decision victory.

The Korean “Stun Gun” wasted no time in taking advantage of Thiago’s willingness to give up his back. Kim sunk in his hooks early in the first frame and rode his fellow welterweight for nearly the entire period while threatening to lock up a rear-naked choke.

Thiago would mount more of a defense in the second round, but at no point was the Brazilian able to turn the tide while pinned in a cradle position against the cage. Rather, he was forced to fend off Kim’s smothering grappling attack, including a tight brabo choke attempt at the end of the frame.

Round three might have been Kim’s most impressive period in the cage. While it took the judoka more time to secure Thiago’s back than it did in round one, Kim inflicted more damage on his foe while in the position of dominance, raining down punches, hammer-fists and two-handed chops, a la Kazushi Sakuraba.

“I researched [Thiago] with my team, and we knew that he [would be] a little bit weak from the inside position if I got his back, so we went with that,” Kim told Fox Sports after his victory.

A four-year Octagon veteran, Kim is now quite familiar with the jet lag that comes with fighting in the United States, an aspect of the fight game that Kim says likely affected both him and his opponent on Saturday.

“I think maybe the time difference made [Thiago] a little bit weaker than he usually is,” said Kim. “The difference between fighting here and [fighting in the United States] was like the difference between night and day.”

Kim’s victory puts him back in the win column following a one-sided defeat to Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia this past July. Maia took the fight to Kim in that UFC 148 encounter, quickly closing the distance and scoring with a trip that caused Kim to injure his ribs, bringing the contest to a close in just 47 seconds.

Now healed and coming off his dominant victory over Thiago, “Stun Gun” did not hesitate when asked whom he would like to face next.

“I want Demian Maia.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Carlos Condit Foregoes Retirement to Fight Demian Maia at UFC 202

  • 28 days ago
  • 56 views

Carlos Condit has opted not to retire. He will instead face Demian Maia at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2. read news >>

UFC Entices Carlos Condit to Return with Risky Match Versus Demian Maia

  • 27 days ago
  • 30 views

Carlos Condit will return to the cage after all. After losing a thin decision to champion Robbie Lawler in January, the popular welterweight wondered aloud about his future in fighting. “I’ve been at read news >>

UFC 202 Continues to Take Shape with Neil Magny Taking On Dong Hyun Kim

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

The UFC 202 fight card continues to take shape with the addition of another welterweight matchup between top ten-ranked contenders Neil Magny taking on "The Stun Gun," Dong Hyun Kim. read news >>

Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia Shifted from UFC 202 to UFC on FOX 21 Main Event

  • 7 days ago
  • 41 views

The UFC on Tuesday pulled a welterweight match-up between Carlos Condit and Demian Maia from the UFC 202 fight card, making it the UFC on FOX 21 main event. read news >>

Maia-Condit clash set to headline Vancouver

  • 7 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC announced No.3 ranked welterweight contender Demian Maia will battle No.5 ranked Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT MAIA vs. CONDIT at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Saturday, August read news >>