The UFC has reportedly retained the services of two of the
promotion’s top prospects.
Welterweight “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun
Kim (Pictured) and lightweight Charles “do
Bronx” Oliveira each signed four-fight extensions with the
company this week, according to reports from The Korea Times and
Kim still had one bout remaining on his previous agreement, his
agency, IB Sports, told the Korea Times, but the UFC “offered to
extend his contract with satisfactory conditions.”
The 29-year-old Kim defeated Nate Diaz in a
hard-fought unanimous decision on Jan. 1, remaining unbeaten with
his 14th career victory. Five of those wins have come inside the
Octagon, including decisions over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7
Sadollah and hard-nosed Canadian T.J.
A star in his native South Korea, Kim told Sherdog.com’s John Evans
last month that, despite his lack of finishes in the UFC, he hopes
to garner more highlight-reel footage soon.
“In Deep, I usually finished fights by knockout, but in the UFC,
the fighters are much better,” Kim said. “It’s not that the UFC
puts pressure on me to finish fights. I put pressure on
Fiery Brazilian wunderkind Oliveira, meanwhile, recently tasted
defeat for the first time. At December’s UFC 124, the 21-year-old
was submitted by the surging Jim Miller
via first-round kneebar.
Oliveira had reeled off 14 straight wins -- all but one via
stoppage -- to begin his career. He made waves in his August UFC
debut by armbarring Darren
Elkins in under a minute, and continued to raise his stock when
he took out “TUF 8” winner Efrain
Escudero with a third-round rear-naked choke submission one