Kim “Stun Gun” Dong-Hyun (15-1-1-1) vs. Demian Maia (15-4-0)
In this fight you have a former number one middleweight contender dropping down to welterweight to face a stalwart in the division. In Dong-Hyun you have a fighter who while is constantly winning, is never flashy, being that he has only finished one of his six UFC opponents. With Maia there is always a potential for a finish since he won five straight fights via submission.
Kim’s strength comes from his standup as seen in his wins over Nate Diaz, Sean Pierson, and Amir Sadollah. If he’s lucky he’ll be able to bait Maia into a standup match. Even though Dong-Hyun’s striking is his strength, it should be noted that he was also severely outclassed in his knockout loss to Carlos Condit.
Demian is a great fighter when he sticks to what made him that way. This is the fighter that submitted Ed Herman, Jason MacDonald, Nate Quarry, and Chael Sonnen on his way to the top of the middleweight division. Unfortunately the two losses to Nate Maquardt and Anderson Silva made him revamp his training, and it seems he focused directly on striking. While in some situations that would be good, the focus on striking has led him to stray away from his jiu-jistu base. Leaving that behind, Maia traded wins and losses until he decided to drop to a lower division. At age 34, Maia only has a couple more years to stay competitive, and to do so he must rely on his BJJ base if he is to make waves up the 170 pound ladder.
The Bottom Line: Maia has professed that he will revert to his BJJ base, and if he does so, i believe he will win this fight.