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UFC 125 Live Blog: Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim Updates

LAS VEGAS -- This is the UFC 125 live blog for Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim, a welterweight bout on tonight's UFC pay-per-view at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Diaz (13-5) won his last two fights against Marcus Davis and Rory Markham. Kim (13-0-1) was victorious in his lone fight in 2010, beating Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision.

The live blog is below.




Round 1: Diaz comes out peppering with punches. Kim grabs a body lock and takes him down. Kim advances to side control after dropping an elbow. Diaz scrambles for position. Diaz with punches from the bottom but Kim unloads a blasting right from the top. Diaz looked for an arm bar but Kim was one step ahead. Kim doesn't look fearful of playing in Diaz's dangerous guard. Diaz nearly swept but Kim kept his base and stayed on top. Kim tried to take Diaz's back. Diaz trapped his foot and Kim pulled out. They returned to standing. Good opener for Kim, 10-9.

Round 2: Hard leg kick early for Kim. Diaz wades in, another leg kick. Diaz just missed with a big left. Kim dropped low for a takedown, Diaz pulled free. He reset and drove for a takedown, this time successful. Diaz on his back. Kim tries a jumping pass but couldn't get it. Kim rattled off strikes from the top, but nothing too dangerous for Diaz. With two minutes left, Diaz worked free, but Kim took him right back down. Diaz is defending well, but Kim is spending substantial periods on top, and you know what that means to the judges. Diaz reverses and takes Kim's back briefly with 15 seconds left, but Kim quickly escapes. Another round for Kim, 10-9.

Round 3:
Stinging left for Kim early. A Kim high kick grazes Diaz's head. Diaz drives in and pulls Kim down. Kim back to his feet in a flash and they clinch against the fence. Kim breaks free and they restart in the center of the octagon. Controversial moment as Diaz kneed Kim to the head while Kim's hand was on the ground. Ref Yves Lavigne called a timeout, and Kim was hurting so it could have led to a finish. They restarted moments later. Kim went right back to the takedown and pulled Diaz down. Diaz looked for a free leg, but Kim remained his equal in the grappling department, stopping any potential submission before it got dangerous. They went back to their feet, and Diaz landed a head kick with a minute left. Diaz landed hard rights against the cage as he looked to pull out a win. Kim stayed upright though and made it out of the round. Diaz 10-9.

Winner: Dong Hyun Kim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)



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