Dong Hyun Kim

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Dong Hyun Kim
김동현
Kim Dong-Hyun (fighter) from acrofan.jpg
Kim in November 2012
Born (1981-11-17) November 17, 1981 (age 32)
Suwon, South Korea
Native name 김동현
Other names Stun Gun
Maemi (Cicada)
Nationality South Korea South Korean
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Division Welterweight
Reach 76 in (193 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Busan, South Korea
Team Busan Team M.A.D.
Rank      4th dan black belt in judo
     Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2004-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 19
By knockout 8
By submission 1
By decision 10
Losses 3
By knockout 3
Draws 1
No contests 1
Other information
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 May 26, 2014, he is #9 in official UFC welterweight rankings.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

In South Korea, Kim began to practice judo at Yong-In University, which led him to reignite his MMA career.[2] 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.[2] At this time he competed in judo and sambo.

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

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".

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] Kim originally lost to Parisyan via split decision. Fans in attendance booed the decision, and former UFC champions Matt Hughes,[7] Randy Couture[8] and UFC president Dana White[9] have commented that they thought Kim had won the fight. Afterwards, however, Parisyan tested positive for three banned pain killers: Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone.[10][11] The Nevada Athletic Commission declared the match a No Contest, and Parisyan was suspended for nine months.[12]

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[13] and was subsequently replaced on the card by Mike Swick.[14]

Kim was expected to face Chris Lytle on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110.[15] However, Kim was forced off the card after suffering another injury.[16] Brian Foster stepped in as his replacement.

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 was then expected to face fellow undefeated fighter John Hathaway at UFC 120,[17] though he was later replaced by Mike Pyle due to injuries from training.[18]

Kim defeated The Ultimate Fighter season 5 winner, Nate Diaz on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125 via unanimous decision.[19] 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 lost to Carlos Condit on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132 via first round KO due to a flying knee. This loss was the first of his professional MMA career.

Kim fought Sean Pierson on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22]

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.

Kim fought Siyar Bahadurzada on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8.[23] He dominated Bahadurzada in the ground game with his superior grappling skills and earned a unanimous decision victory.

Kim then faced Erick Silva on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29.[24] He won via knockout at 3:01 of the second round, earning him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.[25]

Kim faced John Hathaway on March 1, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale.[26] Kim defeated Hathaway via third round knockout, earning him his first Performance of the Night honors.[27]

Kim was expected to face Hector Lombard on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48.[28] However, Lombard pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Tyron Woodley.[29] Kim lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[30]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–3–1 (1) Tyron Woodley TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le August 23, 2014 1 1:01 Macau, SAR, China
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 Macau, SAR, 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 Macau, SAR, China
Loss 15–2–1 (1) Demian Maia TKO (rib injury) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 1 0:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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 Split decision loss overturned as 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 & 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  2. ^ a b Kim Represents Korea in UFC Debut Sherdog.com (2009-05-21)
  3. ^ Kim Represents Korea in UFC Debut
  4. ^ The Making of a Superstar in Korea Sherdog.com (2009-06-09)
  5. ^ Kim Edges Brown in Controversial Decision; 'Batman' Roars Past Tavares Sherdog.com (2009-09-07)
  6. ^ "UFC 94: St-Pierre vs Penn 2) UFC.com (Retrieved 2009-01-19)". UFC.com. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  7. ^ "9-Time UFC Welterweight Champion". Matt Hughes. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  8. ^ Posted by kungfu45. "MooZine:: '최강 노장' 커투어 '표도르 전 아직 희망 있어'". Moozine.tistory.com. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  9. ^ "엠파이트-믿을 수 있는 격투기 뉴스 신세기 격투스포츠의 길라잡이". Mfight.co.kr. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  10. ^ "야후! 스포츠". Kr.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  11. ^ Sherdog.com. "Parisyan Tests Positive for Painkillers". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  12. ^ Sherdog.com. "Parisyan Suspended Nine Months". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  13. ^ http://www.mfight.co.kr/news/viewbody_ex.php?code=mfight_board_news&number=12873
  14. ^ Gilbert, Mark (2009-09-28). "Dan Hardy to face Mike Swick at UFC 105". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  15. ^ "Dong Hyun Kim vs. Chris Lytle set for UFC 110 in Australia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  16. ^ "Dong Hyun Kim withdraws from UFC 110; Chris Lytle currently without opponent". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  17. ^ "UFC 120: Battle of Unbeatens Hathaway vs. Kim; Diabate vs. Gustafsson". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  18. ^ "UFC 120 exclusive: John Hathaway to face veteran ex-WEC Champion Mike Pyle". London: blogs.telegraph.co.uk. July 20, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim Added to UFC 125 on Jan. 1". mmafrenzy.com. 2010-10-06. 
  20. ^ Rice, Joe (October 3, 2011). "Dong Hyun Kim vs. Sean Pierson scheduled for UFC 141". mmatraining.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Dong Hyun Kim’s Freak Injury at UFC 148 Comes to Light". Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  22. ^ Burke, Tim (2012-07-09). "UFC 148: Dong Hyun Kim Suffered Muscle Spasm, Not Broken Rib". BllodyElbow.com. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  23. ^ "Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim Confirmed for UFC on Fuel 8". mmaweekly.com. 13 December 2012. 
  24. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-08-07). "Erick Silva will fight Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 29". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  25. ^ Matt Erickson. "UFC Fight Night 29 bonuses: Palhares snubbed for sub award". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 10-09-2013. 
  26. ^ John Morgan (2014-01-03). "John Hathaway vs. Dong Hyun Kim headlines ‘TUF: China’ finale on March 1 in Macau". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  27. ^ Gene Morosko (2014-03-01). "Dong Hyun Kim knocks out John Hathaway with spinning back elbow". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  28. ^ Damon Martin (2014-05-21). "Hector Lombard vs. Dong Hyun Kim targeted for UFC Fight Night in China". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  29. ^ Staff (2014-06-24). "Tyron Woodley in for Hector Lombard, meets Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  30. ^ Staff (2014-08-23). "Tyron Woodley blasts Dong Hyun Kim into oblivion in just 61 seconds". middleeasy.com. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 

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