Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Demian Maia (right) battles Dong Hyun Kim during a welterweigh bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
On the main card of the UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place last Saturday night (July 7, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Demian Maia secured a takedown against Dong Hyun Kim in the opening minute of their welterweight contest.
And just like that, the fight was over.
The technical knockout (TKO) win for Maia left a lot of fans at home and in attendance scratching their heads, with no clear indicator as to what actually caused the contest to come to a halt. Kim was up, Kim was down, fight was over. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan speculated that "Stun Gun" may have broken a rib upon landing.
Turns out his undoing came even before the takedown.
After the jump, Kim's translator and manager, Brian Rhee, takes to The Underground to detail the "freak accident" that ultimately led to the Korean's second professional loss.
"As they were tied up, somehow (Kim) 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."
Unfortunately for Kim, it still counts as a loss, which can be a major setback in a bottlenecked division with a handful of guys all scratching and clawing their way to the top of the 170-pound mountain.
Former middleweight, Demian Maia, happens to be one of them.