Sometimes when watching fights, it seems like a fighter is too tough for their own good. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Hyun Gyu Lim is one of those fighters.
The UFC hit the Singapore shores on Saturday (Jan. 4, 2014) with UFC Fight Night: "Saffiedine vs. Lim" at the Marina Bay Sands in Marina Bay. The event was the first to be broadcast on the UFC's newest product -- "Fight Pass" -- the latest incarnation of UFC.tv.
Lim found himself in the main event against former Strikeforce Welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine, a fighter known for his vicious leg kicks and pin point accuracy with his punches. There are certain pressures that come with main eventing, namely putting on a performance people will leave talking about.
That's why after Saffiedine battered Lim's left thigh in the third round -- a round most felt could have been stopped -- there was a moment when the Korean fighter considered quitting. No one would have questioned his decision as he could barely stand under his own power.
But as he explained at the post-fight press conference, it just wasn't going to happen. While there was a conversation with his corner, he decided to make the most of his opportunity.
"This was an absolute golden opportunity for me to be featured in a main event," Lim said. "As part of the main event, I wanted to put on the best possible performance. That was my number one goal, and probably the only goal I had. I feel I accomplished that goal."
Lim left the press conference with the aid of his two cornermen.
His sacrifice and toughness earned him "Fight of the Night" honors and showcased his heart and dedication. He rallied late in the fifth and final round -- one that Saffiedine coasted through -- and nearly finished the fight in the final seconds.
While he didn't walk away with the "W," he definitely showed that he belongs.