Dong Hyun Kim
|Dong Hyun Kim
Kim in November 2012
November 17, 1981 |
Suwon, South Korea
|Other names||Stun Gun
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Busan, South Korea|
|Team||Busan Team M.A.D.|
|Rank||4th dan black belt in judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Dong Hyun Kim (Korean: 김동현, born November 17, 1981, Korean name is Kim Dong-Hyun) is a South Korean mixed martial artist currently fighting in the UFC's welterweight division. He was signed by the UFC after fighting in the Japanese promotion DEEP and in the Korean promotion Spirit MC. As of January 17, 2014, he is #10 in official UFC welterweight rankings.
Early life and education
In South Korea, Kim began to practice judo in Yong-In University, which led him to reignite his MMA career. Kim began training at Wajyutsu Keisyukai, a renowned Japanese gym frequented by a number of top Japanese fighters. As one of the largest members of the gym, Kim became a regular sparring partner of middleweight Yushin Okami.
On June 16, 2013 he featured as the 'Hulk' on Running Man episode 150 (SBS Sunday night show). On this episode he led the character that transformed to Hulk mode in Running Man Avengers. Kim was also featured along with fellow UFC fighter Chu Sung Hoon (known internationally as Yoshihiro Akiyama) in the Korean boy band MYNAME's drama music video for their single "Baby I'm Sorry".
Kim gained recognition after signing with the Japanese DEEP organization, earning a succession of wins before knocking out DEEP welterweight champion Hidehiko Hasegawa in a non-title bout in 2007. Kim and Hasegawa later fought to a controversial draw in a title fight at DEEP 32nd Impact, leaving defending champion Hasegawa with the title. Kim departed from DEEP to sign a contract with PRIDE Fighting Championships, but the UFC purchased and dismantled PRIDE before Kim could fight in the organization. Kim's performances attracted the attention of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) talent scouts, who offered him a contract. However, because the WEC is not televised in Korea, Kim's management pushed for and received a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which airs on Korean cable television.
Kim's original nickname is "Stun Gun", then a lot of Korean fans started calling him "Maemi", which means Cicada in Korean. The nickname was given to Kim from his fighting style where he likes to take his opponents to the ground, grapple with them and never let them escape like a Cicada on a tree.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Kim made his UFC debut at UFC 84 against Jason Tan, methodically breaking down his opponent and ultimately winning by technical knockout in the third round. With his performance, Kim became the first Korean to win in the octagon. Kim's appearance drew considerable attention in Korea. One week before the event, a prime time, hour-long special about Kim was aired on Korean television. Though Kim's bout did not air on the UFC pay-per-view, it aired live on Korean television, and was then replayed twice more before the regular event coverage resumed.
He made his second octagon appearance at UFC 88, capturing a split decision over The Ultimate Fighter 7 alumnus Matt Brown. During this fight, Kim's conditioning was very poor due to jet lag, and visa problems prevented him from bringing a coach. In the first round, Kim threatened Brown with a standing rear naked choke and took Brown's back on numerous occasions but became exhausted in the second. In the third, Kim used some effective ground-and-pound and cut Brown with an elbow. All three judges scored the bout 29–28, two of them in Kim's favor. The decision was contested by the crowd in attendance with noticeable booing.
Kim returned to the octagon in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 31, 2009 as he faced off against fellow judo practitioner Karo Parisyan at UFC 94. With Frank Mir in his corner who served as his boxing coach prior to the fight. Kim originally lost to Parisyan via split decision. Fans in attendance booed the decision, and former UFC champions Matt Hughes, Randy Couture and UFC president Dana White have commented that they thought Kim had won the fight. Afterwards, however, Parisyan tested positive for three banned pain killers: Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone. The Nevada Athletic Commission declared the match a No Contest, and Parisyan was suspended for nine months.
Kim defeated TJ Grant at UFC 100, winning by a unanimous 30–26 decision, threatening with a guillotine choke midway through the second round. He was scheduled to fight Dan Hardy on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105, but was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury sustained while sparring with Kazuhiro Nakamura and was subsequently replaced on the card by Mike Swick.
Kim next faced The Ultimate Fighter season 7 winner, Amir Sadollah on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114 and won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), dominating Sadollah with far superior Judo and Wrestling.
Kim defeated The Ultimate Fighter season 5 winner, Nate Diaz on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125 via unanimous decision. Kim used his judo to control rounds 1 and 2. Diaz mounted a remarkable offense in Round 3, but it was not enough and Kim won a 29-28 decision over Diaz. After the fight Kim called out current UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, whom he considers a hero and role model to himself as a mixed martial artist. Later on January 10, 2011, Kim signed a four fight extension with the UFC.
Kim fought Sean Pierson on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Kim used superior striking to control Pierson throughout the fight and win a unanimous decision, even landing a leaping front-kick to the face in the second round that wobbled Pierson.
Kim lost to Demian Maia via TKO on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. The bout was stopped in forty-seven seconds in the first round by referee Mario Yamasaki, after Maia took Kim down and ended up in the mounted position. Many observers, including the UFC commentator Joe Rogan, thought that Kim had broken a rib during the bout, but it was later revealed that he suffered a major muscle spasm while defending Maia's takedown attempts.
Kim faced Paulo Thiago on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6. He dominated the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt on the ground for all three rounds, ending the bout with a wild display of ground and pound reminiscent of Kazushi Sakuraba. He won via unanimous decision.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||19 wins||2 losses|
|Win||19–2–1 (1)||John Hathaway||KO (spinning back elbow)||The Ultimate Fighter China Finale: Kim vs. Hathaway||March 1, 2014||3||1:02||Cotai Strip, Macau, China||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||18–2–1 (1)||Erick Silva||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields||October 9, 2013||2||3:01||Barueri, Brazil||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||17–2–1 (1)||Siyar Bahadurzada||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann||March 3, 2013||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||16–2–1 (1)||Paulo Thiago||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le||November 10, 2012||3||5:00||Cotai Strip, Macau, China|
|Loss||15–2–1 (1)||Demian Maia||TKO (injury)||UFC 148||July 7, 2012||1||0:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Kim suffered a muscle spasm that ended the fight in the first round.|
|Win||15–1–1 (1)||Sean Pierson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 141||December 30, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||14–1–1 (1)||Carlos Condit||KO (flying knee & punches)||UFC 132||July 2, 2011||1||2:58||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–0–1 (1)||Nate Diaz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 125||January 1, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–0–1 (1)||Amir Sadollah||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 114||May 29, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–0–1 (1)||TJ Grant||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 100||July 11, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|NC||11–0–1 (1)||Karo Parisyan||NC (overturned)||UFC 94||January 31, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Bout ruled split decision loss for Kim; result overturned after Parisyan tested positive for banned painkillers.|
|Win||11–0–1||Matt Brown||Decision (split)||UFC 88||September 6, 2008||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||10–0–1||Jason Tan||TKO (elbows)||UFC 84||May 24, 2008||3||0:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Draw||9–0–1||Hidehiko Hasegawa||Draw||Deep: 32nd Impact||October 10, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||For Deep Welterweight Title.|
|Win||9–0||Hidehiko Hasegawa||KO (slam and punches)||Deep: 31st Impact||August 5, 2007||3||4:57||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–0||Yukiharu Maejima||KO (punches)||Deep: CMA Festival 2||July 23, 2007||1||0:11||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–0||Hidenobu Koike||KO (punch)||Deep: 28th Impact||February 16, 2007||2||4:33||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Jun Ando||TKO (punches)||Deep: 27th Impact||December 20, 2006||2||0:44||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–0||Kousei Kubota||KO (knee)||Deep: 26th Impact||October 10, 2006||1||2:46||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–0||Tomoyoshi Iwamiya||Decision (unanimous)||Deep: 25th Impact||August 4, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Mitsunori Tanimura||Submission (rear naked choke)||Deep: CMA Festival||May 24, 2006||1||4:28||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Hyung-Kwang Kim||Decision (unanimous)||Spirit MC 5: 2004 GP Unlimited||September 11, 2004||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||1–0||Young-Ahm Noh||Decision (unanimous)||Spirit MC 3: I Will Be Back!!!||April 10, 2004||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
- UFC Fighter Rankings
- Kim Represents Korea in UFC Debut Sherdog.com (2009-05-21)
- Kim Represents Korea in UFC Debut
- The Making of a Superstar in Korea Sherdog.com (2009-06-09)
- Kim Edges Brown in Controversial Decision; 'Batman' Roars Past Tavares Sherdog.com (2009-09-07)
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- "UFC 120: Battle of Unbeatens Hathaway vs. Kim; Diabate vs. Gustafsson". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
- "UFC 120 exclusive: John Hathaway to face veteran ex-WEC Champion Mike Pyle". London: blogs.telegraph.co.uk. July 20, 2010.
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- "Dong Hyun Kim’s Freak Injury at UFC 148 Comes to Light". Retrieved July 9, 2012.
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- "Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim Confirmed for UFC on Fuel 8". mmaweekly.com. 13 December 2012.
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- Matt Erickson. "UFC Fight Night 29 bonuses: Palhares snubbed for sub award". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 10-09-2013.
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