Welterweights Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim are penciled in to collide at UFC 105 from the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena in Manchester, England, on Nov. 14, according to a South Korean news report.
Hardy is coming off perhaps the biggest win of his career -- a razor thin split decision over Marcus Davis at UFC 99: "The Comeback" in June 2009. It was a super close call and one that had most mixed martial arts fans divided right down the middle.
Nonetheless, it was the third straight win for "The Outlaw" inside the Octagon and his sixth since a disqualification loss to Yoshiyuki Yoshida in late 2007. In fact, Hardy has won 11 of his last 12 fights, including a devastating first round knockout of Rory Markham and a split decision win over the venerable veteran Akihiro Gono.
The blooming British star has not had an easy road since his debut for the organization, and that difficult journey will continue against the South Korean judo player.
Kim scored a unanimous decision over Brazilian jiu-jitsu stylist TJ Grant at UFC 100: "Lesnar vs. Mir 2" just last month. The convincing victory over the Canadian was important because Kim had previously been involved in two close matches that could have gone either way.
He dropped a split decision to Karo Parisyan at UFC 94 earlier this year, which was later overturned to a no contest after "The Heat" tested positive for pain killers. And before that, Kim -- who often trains at Wajyutsu Keisyukai in Japan -- went the distance against Matt Brown in another close split decision, but this time in a winning effort.
Both fighters will likely want to keep this one out of the judges hands at all costs to avoid any and all controversy.
UFC 105 has yet to be officially announced by the promotion; therefore, it's still unclear who will headline the show. To see how the card has been shaping up thus far be sure to hit up or event archive right here.