Heading into Saturday’s “The Ultimate Fighter China Finale” scrap with John Hathaway, Dong Hyun Kim (pictured) promised to unveil a new and improved “Stun Gun.” Somebody should have called security, because the welterweight wasn’t kidding.
Kim quietly entered the scrap riding a three-fight winning streak. His current run wasn’t drawing much attention because, despite putting up-and-comer Erick Silva to sleep in his last outing, he’s known primarily for his aesthetically unappealing wrestling-intensive style.
Kim came out with guns blazing from the opening bell. It was clearly the most aggressive the 32-year-old has been in a UFC fight from start to end. After finishing Hathaway off with a flashy spinning back elbow in the third round, Kim believes his KO has him knocking on the 170-pound top contender door.
“I’ve continued to stack up the wins, but I wasn’t given the title shot,” Kim expressed through an interpreter at the post-fight press conference. “In order to get the title shot, I knew I would have to change the way that I fight. I got much more aggressive.
“Hopefully I’ll continue to get noticed and get a shot at the title.”
Kim’s certainly on the right track, because nothing gets you more attention than unleashing highlight reel finishes – particularly since the UFC has been in quite a drought in that department to start off 2014.
With Georges St-Pierre voluntarily relinquishing the throne he’s dominated since 2008, the welterweight division appears to be wide open. “Stun Gun’s” confident his refined game will shoot him straight to the top.
“It doesn’t matter who my opponent is going to be. There is no changing now,” Kim stated. “Koreans are tough fighters. I’m going to continue to press on no matter what, and I’m not going to be afraid of losses. I don’t care who the opponent is.
“When it comes to grappling, I think I’m one of the best.I have no problem going up against Johny Hendricks. I don’t think anyone will be able to take me down. If it’s striking, then whoever gets knocked out will get knocked out, but I will make sure that when I hit somebody, I will get the knock out.”