Kim crushes Silva in Brazil

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.