South Korea's Top Fighter to Make UFC Debut

By John Lee Jan 25, 2008
Highly regarded South Korean prospect Dong Hyun Kim (Pictures) will be making his UFC debut in the welterweight division sometime in either March or April, according to a report Friday by Mfight.

Kim originally started off his career in Spirit MC, but really established himself by sending reigning DEEP welterweight champion, Hidehiko Hasegawa (Pictures), into a state of unconsciousness in a non-title affair. He fought to a highly controversial draw in their ensuing rematch, which many thought Kim should have won.

Kim, who stands close to 6-foot-2, has trained with the likes of Yushin Okami (Pictures) and walks around at the same weight as the UFC stalwart. He is a well rounded fighter with penetrating strikes from the southpaw stance and a solid -- if underutilized --ground ground game.

Kim's debut should add some international piquancy in a stacked division. Kim also has the potential to help the UFC enter the Korean market, where it does not have much of a footing as compared to K-1.
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