This is the UFC on FUEL 8 live blog for Dong Hyun Kim vs. Siyar Bahadurzada, a welterweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Kim, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Bahadurzada, who won his UFC debut at UFC on FUEL 2, on the main card.
Check out the UFC on FUEL 8 live blog below.
Round 1: Herb Dean is the referee for this one. We'll be referring to Bahadurzada simply as Siyar for brevity purposes. Kim shoots in about 45 seconds into the fight, but Siyar scampers away. Siyar checks a Kim high kick. Kim grazes Siyar with another high kick, but Siyar absorbs it. Siyar sprawls a Kim takedown attempt. Kim has a mouse under his right eye. Kim with a takedown midway through the round. Kim works his way into the mount position and is landing a series of short left hands and elbows. Siyar tries to posture up and Kim switches to short right elbows. Siyar turns over and tries to get to his feet, and gets there, but with Kim on his back. They hit the mat in the closing seconds. MMAFighting scores the round for Dong Hyun Kim, 10-9.
Round 2: Siyar catches Kim with a right hand as Kim goes for a high kick, then sprawls a Kim takedown attempt. Kim makes as second attempt, though, and lands it this time. Kim works into side position. Siyar spins over onto his hands and knees, but Kim sticks with him and lands a series of short punches. Siyar flips over again and Kim is in the mount. Kim lands a couple solid elbows. Siyar simply looks outclassed on the ground. Kim throws double hammerfists as time winds down, though Siyar blocks most of them. The Japanese crowd is booing (read that one again). MMAFighting scores the round for Dong Hyun Kim, 10-9 (20-18 overall).
Round 3: Take a wild guess what happened early on. If you guessed "Kim shot right on for a successful takedown," you're correct. Back into mount position. Kim works his way into position for an arm triangle, landing a series of knees to the torso while he's at it. Midway through the round. Still has the triangle, though it isn't super-tight, and he works back into the mount position. Kim released the hold, then unleashes a pair of strong elbows. Kim starts to rain down the ground and pound. This is starting to feel like a schoolyard bully having fun picking on a weakling. Final minutes. Siyar escapes and nearly gets back to his feet, but Kim's right back on top of him. MMAFighting scores the round for Dong Hyun Kim, 10-8 (30-26 overall).
Dong Hyun Kim def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).