With back-to-back starchings of respected welterweights, Dong Hyun Kim is making a name for himself at 170 pounds, and it’s all by design. The risk is providing immediate rewards.
The latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie Power Rankings see “Stun Gun” make a charge up to the No. 6 slot in the welterweight division, sliding just past Nick Diaz, whose inactivity sees him slide down the list. Kim, who said his new aggression is part of a conscious ploy to get fans’ attention, now appears in line for a big fight in his next outing.
With a new UFC welterweight champ to be crowned later this month and more key 170-pound fights on the horizon, the welterweight division is as exciting as at any other time in recent memory, and Kim now looks to be a key part of those potential matchups.
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