Kim crushes Silva in Brazil

Dong Hyun Kim knocks out Erick Silva
Dong Hyun Kim knocks out Erick Silva in devastating fashion.
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Damon Martin

Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the sport since 2004. His work has been published in CNN, Bleacher Report, MMAWeekly.com, Yahoo! Sports, UFC.com and SportsIllustrated.com. He also co-hosts The Great Debate Radio MMA podcast, and has appeared on ESPN Radio and SportsNet Radio. Follow him on Twitter.


Before Dong Hyun Kim and Erick Silva stepped into the Octagon together on Wednesday there were two very likely scenarios that could have played out. Either Kim would get the best of Silva with his stifling and suffocating ground attack or Silva would counter with a blistering knockout as he's done in so many past fights.

In a true reversal of fortunes, the fight came to an end with just under two minutes to go in the second round when Kim crushed Silva's jaw with a counter, overhand left sending the Brazilian crashing to the mat with a clean one-punch knockout.

Prior to the ending the fight was playing out just like most suspected.

In the first round, Kim took Silva down and controlled him like an anaconda toying with its prey, wrapping him up and sucking the life out of him with each minute that passed. The hard work to keep Silva down almost backfired because in the second round Kim started to look a little weary.

Silva came forward on Kim time and again looking for the knockout punch, and stunned the Korean fighter but couldn't quite land the finishing blow. Silva's movement was creating problems for Kim, who failed to get his timing down and just could not land a counter strike.

That was until Silva stood flat footed in front of Kim for one second too long, and he uncorked the perfect left hand that sent the Brazilian crashing to the mat like a tree being cut down in the forest.

For the first time since his UFC debut back in 2008, Kim got a stoppage victory while notching his third win in a row overall. In a very deep welterweight division, Kim's latest effort will certainly gain him some much-needed recognition in the shark tank of fighters where he currently swims.

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