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Having competed inside the Octagon 10 times already, Dong Hyun Kim is a bit disappointed at the matchmaking by UFC officials, who paired him up against lethal striker Siyar Bahadurzada for the UFC on Fuel TV 8 event that is set to go down on March 3, 2013, in Saitama, Japan. Why? It's all in the name.
Siyar Bahadurzada who?
That's apparently what Dong Hyun Kim thought when he saw his fight contract for UFC on Fuel TV 8, as "Stun Gun" reveals to Fighters Only he was hoping for a fighter with more "name value" in his next outing after putting in work for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), competing 10 times for the organization.
Bahadurzada may not have the "name value" to the "casual fan," but rest assured, "The Great" has put work in himself, winning seven straight mixed martial arts (MMA) fights with six of them coming by way of knockout.
Though Kim says he isn't underestimating his opponent, the people around him seem to think he will win pretty easily over the Afghanistan native.
Way to stroke that ego.
In preparing for the March 3, 2013 showdown, which will go down at the legendary Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, "Stun Gun" encountered disappointment yet again, citing frustrations for being unable to find enough fight footage of his opponent.
That's because the lethal striker, Bahadurzada, has made it a habit to end fights early, winning five of his last seven bouts in the opening round.
If Kim was looking through the UFC video archives, he didn't have much luck either, as Bahadurzada has spent less than one minute inside the Octagon, knocking out Paulo Thiago back in April of this year in what was his debut for the promotion.
Kim shares his concerns:
"I fought over ten times in the UFC so I am pretty indifferent to who my opponent is. But still I want to have a fight that will get the fans excited. Siyar Bahadurzada seems to have a good record but there isn't much tape on him, but I will be careful because I heard he is a striker. I'm a bit disappointed I couldn't find a tape of Siyar in a grueling grappling type fight. Because so many people think I will win easily I have to be extra careful not to underestimate him. I didn't expect to be offered Siyar Bahadurzada. I wanted a fight with a more experienced fighter with name value."
Kim got back in the win column after earning a unanimous decision victory over the aforementioned Thiago at UFC on Fuel TV 6: "Franklin vs. Lee" last month, the same Thiago who Bahurdazada turned into mincemeat in his promotional debut. Prior to that, the Korean-born fighter lost to Demian Maia after suffering a "freak" muscle spasm in the very first round at UFC 148 earlier this year.
Looking to rack up back-to back wins for the first time since beginning his UFC career with five straight victories won't be easy, as Bahadurzada is just as eager to make it two-for-two inside the Octagon.
And to make a name for himself, too.