While Dong Hyun Kim has had a few setbacks in the Octagon, the South Korean fighter has also scored some notable wins during his run in the UFC, including victories over TJ Grant, Nate Diaz, Matt Brown and most recently Siyar Bahadurzada. Considering the vaunted grappler has gone 8-2 with 1 no contest in 11 UFC fights, it’s easy to see why his scrap tonight with Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 29 is a pretty big deal.
Of course, a big reason why it’s a pivotal fight and the card’s co-main-event, is because the Brazilian’s also an emerging welterweight, who is coming off a quick tap-out victory over Jason High in June. So, in other words, Kim’s probably not going to have a ton of support from the crowd tonight in Barueri. Kim recently spoke to MMA Junkie.com about the match-up, and it sounds like the “Stun Gun” is more than fine with playing the role of spoiler.
“I came in here to break the plans,” Kim said. “People expect a lot from Erick because he’s a fan-favorite, but I don’t.”
Clearly Kim has some confidence going on here; that’s fair. Now a win for Kim would be huge, especially since the only man to defeat him since he was stopped by Carlos Condit is Demian Maia, but that loss came after the Judoka was injured shortly into the bout.
“I would love a rematch with Maia,” Kim said. “That time, I broke a rib, and I lost in the first round like that. But yeah, I would like a rematch, and I would win.”
If Maia defeats Jake Shields he’ll be gunning for a title shot or at a minimum a top five ranked contender, but that’s a rematch probably a lot of people would like to see. Particularly because of the way the first one went down. All that aside, Kim has a tough challenge in front of him tonight.
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