South Korean Dong Hyun Kim has done well in his many years in the Octagon, losing only to the best and carving out a reputation for being tough and dangerous. Colby Covington hails from American Top Team, was an NCAA champion wrestler, and has been slowly working his way up the welterweight rankings, but Kim is a big leap up in competition. Is he ready?

Kim strides across the cage and engages, and Covington immediately starts wrestling the hell out of him – nothing really dramatic, just ridiculous hugging against the fence that threatens to smother the South Korean to death and put us to sleep. It takes about four minutes for Kim to break free, and in that time Covington whacks him with knees and short punches, racking up points. For a good 40 seconds Kim pursues Covington, throwing kicks and knees, but Covington scores a takedown in the final seconds to ground him until the horn.

Kim opens the second with more pursuit, and he manages to sprawl out of Covington’s first double-leg takedown attempt, but soon the American has him down again against the cage. Kim eventually works up, yet Covington remains determined to get him pregnant or die trying. To his credit, during a brief flurry Covington stuns the “Stun Gun” with an overhand left, so it isn’t all less-than-thrilling smothering, but… I woke up early on a Saturday for this?

Round 3. More wrestling. Kim too tired and spent, Covington too set on putting everyone in the cage and everyone outside of the cage to sleep. Kim does manage to score a takedown of his own in the final minute, but it isn’t enough to make my heart beat fast.


Results: Colby Covington def. Dong Hyun Kim via Unanimous Decision