Two former welterweight contenders look to rebuild their careers with this fight. Both of them at one time after great performances were thought to be the new breed at 170, but each were silenced by current contenders. Both are also looking not to lose two straight in this fight, but of course only one will be able to get back into the win column. Come Saturday night we will find out who moves their career in the right direction.
Dong-Hyun was undefeated, on a five fight win streak, and of course this was outside of an overturned loss to Karo Parisyan. Unfortunately, all that momentum lead him into a collision with Carlos Condit’s knees which knocked him clean out. While he did rebound nicely over Sean Pierson, an injury kept him out of the fight against Demian Maia. While not all the momentum that he had built up is gone, he will need a strong performance against Thiago, and one that is light on the boredom that sometimes come with Dong-Hyun’s fights.
Paulo Thiago rocketed his way into the UFC. Given he was only 3-1, but with a knockout victory over Josh Koscheck in his debut, winning a round in a loss to Jon Fitch, and a submission win over Mike Swick, all but guaranteed his contender status. Unfortunately, he went 1-3 over his last four fight with losses to Diego Sanchez and current top contender Martin Kampmann. One of his most devastating losses came by knockout in his home country in under a minute. Thiago still remains a dangerous opponent, but it looks like his game has came unraveled.
The Bottom Line:
While having been exposed, Thiago is still very dangerous. He will prove that by finishing Kim Dong-Hyun by submission in this fight in the second round.