Of Dong Hyun Kim's seven wins inside the Octagon, six of them have come via decision, going the distance with all but one of his opponents, Jason Tan, whom Kim defeating in his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut back in 2008.
Since then, the welterweight contender has been unable to finish his opponents inside the cage, but, nevertheless, he has obtained the victory, which at the end of the day, is all that counts...right?
Not according to Siyar Bahadurzada, who says the Korean's style of fighting, which includes a lot of "stalling" with not inflicting any damage, has made his sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) "ugly" and when he steps into the cage with "Stun Gun" this weekend (Mar. 2, 2013) at UFC on FUEL TV 8, "The Great" is planning on making him pay for giving his sport the unwanted makeover.
His words to UFC.com:
"I will make him fight me. He will not impose his will on me; that's not gonna work. I will impose my will on him and I will make him pay for making my sport ugly. We need guys like ‘Showtime' Pettis to make this sport more beautiful. We need guys like Anderson Silva to introduce this sport to the mainstream. But guys like Dong Hyun Kim, he makes the sport ugly. He stalls and controls people and doesn't do damage. Why would you do that? It doesn't make sense. If he fights like that, he will have 30 more UFC fights and he will never get a title shot because people don't want to see a boring champion."
Before he found his way into UFC, Kim was coming off five straight knockout (KO) victories while competing for DEEP. The competition, however, proved to be harder to finish inside the Octagon.
Then again, Kim has only lost twice during his tenure with the promotion, getting knocked silly by Carlos Condit at UFC 132 and then suffering a freak injury in his bout against Demian Maia at UFC 148, which ultimately gave the Brazilian the win.
So in the end, while his fighting style doesn't appeal to some, the results have been better than most for Kim, just don't expect him to challenge for a world title anytime soon, at least not if Siyar has a say in the matter.
On the flip side, Bahadurzada himself is coming off five consecutive KO victories including a 42-second destruction of Paulo Thiago in 2012 and when he meets "Stun Gun" in "The Land of the Rising Sun," he plans to show him just what it takes to make the sport of MMA "beautiful."
Maybe that's the real reason the Korean fighter was upset when this fight was announced.