Dong Hyun Kim entered his bout with Erick Silva as the underdog,
and while many saw a path to victory for the South Korean
“Stun Gun” on the ground, few anticipated the
welterweight co-main event ending the way it did.
After controlling the action in a frantic first round, Kim was
noticeably slower in the second. Though Silva’s pace had
lessened as well, the Brazilian prospect appeared to be taking
control of the contest as the fight passed the midway point, when
both fighters threw powerful shots…
… and Kim landed first.
The southpaw slipped his head off to the right as he winged an
overhand left, avoiding Silva’s right hook, and connecting
flush with a thunderous shot of his own that turned Silva catatonic
as he fell to the canvas.
Kim earned a $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus for the finish,
his first inside the Octagon since his debut win over Jason Tan at
UFC 84 in May 2008. With the victory, the 31-year-old dark horse
contender extends his winning streak to three, and should finally
step out from the shadows and into a high profile match-up with a
Top 10 opponent.
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