Dong Hyun Kim won in dominant fashion over late replacement Dominic Waters at the inaugural UFC Fight Night 79 mixed martial arts (MMA) event in Seoul, South Korea today (Sat., Nov. 28, 2015).
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"Stun Gun" came into his co-main event matchup with "Sho Nuff" having already won once in lopsided fashion this year, submitting veteran Josh Burkman with an arm-triangle choke last May.
Kim, who recently turned 34 this month, was able to use a hip throw early to get his American opponent to the ground, where he obtained the crucifix position in a hurry. With Waters' right arm trapped, the South Korea native rained down punches on his helpless foe, until referee Leon Roberts waved off the bout at the 3:11 mark of round one.
Immediately Kim's mind was a rematch with a fellow renowned grappling ace Demian Maia.
"I think that out of all the Top 10 that (Maia) would be the easiest to beat," Kim told MMAjunkie.
The two welterweight standouts previously did the tango at UFC 148 in July 2012, with the Brazilian earning the nod via technical-knockout (muscle spasms) just 47 seconds into round one.
Maia, 38, went on to win five of his next seven in the last three years, maintaining his rank of No. 6 on UFC's official big board. Kim sits just behind him at No. 7 and desires the rematch to prove that the loss was just a fluke situation.
However, he will need to wait until Maia settles business with upstart Icelandic fighter Gunnar Nelson, who's coming off of a submission victory over Brandon Thatch, at UFC 194 on Dec. 12, 2015.
What will it be folks? Is it time to give Kim a shot at redemption, or should UFC pluck another candidate from the rankings?
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