When UFC 165 goes down next weekend in Toronto, there will be three men sporting undefeated records, and not ones that only feature three or four wins either. Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov will carry a ridiculous 20-0 record into his bout with Pat Healy, Myles Jury will have his 12-0 resume on the line versus Mike Ricci, and Dustin Kimura will be looking to build on his 10-0 record against Mitch Gagnon. Remember, Jon Jones is technically not undefeated, since he was disqualified for tossing illegal elbows when he fought Matt Hamill (and was cruising to victory).
In the case of Kimura, he’ll be fighting in the UFC for just the second time, after he tapped out Chico Camus at UFC 156 to make his Octagon debut victorious. Although he’s got an undefeated run on the line, Kimura recently relayed to UFC.com that a different fighter is heading to Toronto.
“They’re just going to see the real Dustin Kimura,” said the 24 year-old bantamweight. “I put all this pressure on myself, consciously or subconsciously. Now, I feel like all the pressure is off. I’m going to go in there, have fun, and do my job. I’m looking to put on a heck of a performance. I’m super pumped up, I’m super excited. I wish I was fighting this weekend.”
Gagnon is also coming off a submission win, as the 28 year-old quickly tapped out Walel Watson at UFC 152 last September, after being submitted by Brian Caraway in his first UFC outing last July. So what’s “The Diamond’s” take on Gagnon?
“I think he’s really good,” saidKimura. “He comes out super hard and is tough as nails and he looks really strong. His UFC fights have been pretty impressive against Bryan Caraway and Walel Watson. I’ve been training really hard because he’s going to come out to knock me out or submit me right off the bat. That’s what he always does and I’m ready to do the same. His ground game is tough, his wrestling is tough, and I’ve watched him. He tries to overwhelm his opponents on the ground and that might be his game plan with me, to overwhelm me on the ground with really heavy ground and pound.”
It will be interesting to see if any of the aforementioned ‘O’s go’ next Saturday night. If Kimura can move his record to 11-0, and score an impressive win while doing so, chances are the talented grappler will be booked to fight an established vet next.
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