It’s time for the main card of UFC Fight Night 93, and kicking it off are South Korean Tae Hyun Bang and judoka Nick Hein.
Since Bang is a wrestler and Hein a judoka, they of course start off with about two minutes of painfully tentative striking that has them bouncing around on their throwing single strikes. But halfway through the round Hein steps in with a right hand and secures a takedown, and then they’re on the ground, Hein working his top game while Bang struggles to get up. When he does, they go back to their tentative stand-up.
Round 2 is more of the same non-committal striking. Sure, Bang lands a body kick here and a punch there, and Hein shuffles in with punches of his own, but it’s boring as hell. What did Germany do to deserve this lackluster card? With a minute left Hein gets a nice takedown that results in about two seconds of ground work, and Bang returns the favor with a hip toss, but Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett are going to have to come out riding flaming steeds and joust to the death to make up for this.
They pick up the pace a little bit at the start of the third, and try to engage and score a little more, but the most damaging blow of the fight comes in the form of a clash of heads that leaves Bang with a cut above his eye. Hein follows that up with a decent right that wobbles the South Korean, and a couple minutes later Bang returns the favor, and then thankfully the horn sounds.
Results: Nick Hein def. Tae Hyun Bang via Unanimous Decision