Dong Hyun Kim’s Freak Injury at UFC 148 Comes to Light

Written by Tom Ngo
July 9th, 2012

UFC Dong Hyun Kim

Two fights ended in under a minute this past Saturday at UFC 148, but one of those scraps concluded in curious fashion. After a standard takedown by Demian Maia, Dong Hyun Kim (Pictured) was forced to call it quits before the Brazilian jiu jitsu ace ever got the chance to do his thing on the canvas.

Although “Stun Gun’s” loss officially went down in the record books as a TKO (Rib Injury) defeat, nobody knew exactly what caused the welterweight to keel over in pain. Thankfully, Kim’s translator, Brian Rhee, cleared up the mystery on The Underground Forums.

“The injury actually occurred about 30 seconds into the fight when the fighters were on the opposite side (from where the fight ended) of the Octagon,” Rhee wrote. “Maia had one of Stun Gun’s legs, which is a position that he actually likes. As they were tied up, somehow Stun Gun got a muscle spasm in his side. He told his corner that something was wrong.

“Kim defended Maia’s takedown attempts for a while, but by the time they got to the other side of the Octagon, he was in too much pain. The position in which the injury happened is the kind that happens in training all the time, but for some reason it caused a severe muscle spasm this particular time. It truly was a freak accident.”

While the muscle spasm was an unfortunate injury at the most inopportune time, his bout with Maia still goes down as a loss on his résumé. Hopefully for the 30-year-old, UFC brass will erase the contest from their memory bank.

Rhee didn’t mention how long Kim will be forced to ride the pine.

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