Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Mixed martial arts fighters are always reminded not to leave the outcome in the hands of the judges, but there are times when there is no way they can possibly score it incorrectly.
UFC on FUEL 6'sfight was a textbook example of that.
Kim controlled the fight from the opening bell to the final horn, showcasing his grappling skills en route to a one-sided win by scores of 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27. It was Kim's first fight back since losing to Demian Maia after suffering a rib injury at UFC 148.
Kim was rarely flashy in the process but neither was he ever in any danger as Thiago landed only a handful of strikes during the duration of the three-round welterweight bout.
Kim easily took the first round, putting the fight exactly where he wanted with a trip takedown in the opening 45 seconds. From there, the rest of the round took place on the mat with him on Thiago's back, mixing strikes with submission attempts. Thiago defended well for the most part but Kim did come close to locking in a neck crank as the round expired. Still, it was an easy 10-9 round for him.
Thiago created his only positive momentum in the second with a kimura attempt but it was short-lived as Kim escaped and spent the rest of the round on Thiago's back with strikes and sub tries. The third was more of the same, although Kim played things up for the crowd a bit by throwing a series of double-arm punches to his grounded opponent in searching for the finish.
Thiago looked baffled as the final horn mercifully sounded. This could be the end of his UFC's run as he's now lost four of his last fight, falling to 14-5.
Kim is now 16-2-1 with 1 no contest.
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