Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight scrappers Takanori Gomi and Dong Hyun Kim faced off last night (Sept. 22, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 117 inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Ahead of this bout, much of the focus was on whether Gomi should even be fighting anymore. The Japanese legend had lost his previous four fights in pretty devastating fashion, but he was being given a chance to rebound in front of a crowd that absolutely loved him.
Meanwhile, the smaller of the two Dong Hyun Kims was still looking to establish himself as a UFC-level fighter. “Maestro” was just three fights into his UFC career and had proven to be a fun brawler, but this was his chance to start a win streak.
In the matter of just 90 seconds, Kim had his first UFC finish.
Gomi came out with a low stance and some pressure. Despite looking to be in solid physical shape, Gomi looked smaller and slower than his opponent. Moving on the outside, Kim largely let his opponent advance, circling and firing the occasional power kick.
With a single clean punch, it was suddenly all over.
As Gomi chased, Kim planted his feet and sprung in with a cross. It landed cleanly on Gomi’s jaw, and the Japanese legend fell. Kim swarmed him on the mat, and though it wasn’t all that violent, the referee mercifully called the bout and saved Gomi from further damage.
This was a pretty ideal result for the South Korean. He didn’t absorb a single significant shot and scored a clean first-round finish; that’s a great night of work. He’s also now won a pair of bouts in a row, and while they were opposite two lower-tier lightweights, it does help secure his position in the UFC.
Next up, Kim can take a small step up in competition.
As for Gomi, the writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s bold and underlined. It’s time for Gomi to hang up the gloves, having lost five-straight fights via finish in less than 10 total minutes of fight time. He could still get fights for another promotion like Rizin, but that doesn’t mean they would go any differently.
Last night, Dong Hyun Kim quickly put the stamp on Takanori Gomi. What’s next for the South Korean fighter?
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