This is the UFC 207 live blog for Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tarec Saffiedine, a welterweight bout at Friday night's UFC event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Kim, who has won four of his past five fights, will face Saffiedine, who has won three of his past five fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC 207 live blog below.
Round 1: Referee is John McCarthy for this one. They touch gloves. Kim moves in and immediately throws, and Saffiedine returns fire. Nice start. Now Kim leans in and clinches, pushes Saffiedine to fence. Saffiedine happily allows this to happen, and he trips Kim to the canvas, and transitions to his back. Kim right back up, and they go to fence, where Saffiedine throws him down again, Kim is massive. He just stands back up. Now Kim is the one posting Saffiedine on the links, as the knees get to pumping into Saffiedine's thighs. Nice clinch work here for Saffiedine. They trade on the break, and Saffiedine switches stances as he peddles out. Saffiedine looking to work that jab in there, as Kim comes over top with a left hand. Left hook lands from Saffiedine, and he follows up with a right. Kim looks to be sucking air right now, big breaths. Saffiedine again lands a nice lunging left, and now a right. They clinch in the middle, and Kim throws a wild sequence — he just keeps rolling forward. As Kim holds the clinch, Saffiedine looks at the clock to see how much time is left. One minute. Now they break, and Kim pressures forward. Knees from the clinch, all low to the thigh from Kim, who throws wild at Saffiedine on the break. Saffiedine now corrals him and trips Kim down. Can't keep him there, though. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Saffiedine, 10-9.
Round 2: Kim again on the move, and Saffiedine moves away. Then he drops a left hand down on Kim's head. There's a nice combo from Kim, and he lands a couple of body punches. Knee to the body from the Belgian fighter. Now Saffiedine ducks low and drives for a takedown, which nearly works but is ultimately thwarted. Kim gains Saffiedine bodily, and pushes him to the fence where he has a clinch. The break. Saffiedine rolls in the southpaw stance. A lot of backward motion from Saffiedine, and Kim tries a spinning elbow as he retreats. Clinch, and dirty boxing in the center. Again Saffiedine looks at the clock as Kim grabs him and engages the clinch. They exchange in the middle. Kim comes in with a left, and Saffiedine ducks under it. They are clinching again, right back to the fence. A few fans booing now. They tango out to the center, and Saffiedine eats a right jab. Saffiedine connects on a left counter flush as Kim comes in. Smothering time for Kim, who goes to the cage wall and just tries to push Saffiedine right through the holes. Each time he does this Saffiedine looks at the clock, as if trying to understand the existential factors in this process. They break. Kim tries a push kick up high, and that misses barely. Saffiedine perhaps not throwing enough caution to the wind. Close round. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Kim, 10-9 (19-19 overall).
Round 3: They meet right in the center and swing, and there's that throw caution to the wind! Kim and Saffiedine being wild for a moment there. Now Kim goes back to the clinch, and he drives Saffiedine right into the fence. Trying to pry a leg, but can't, and now they break. Nice little right and short right elbow sequence from Saffiedine, and now Kim muscles him back to the fence. Not sure how this will be scored. They may like Kim's aggression, or they may dismiss it because there's not a lot of follow-up. Saffiedine is fending off the takedown, and he lands an elbow on the break. Again, Kim just pushes Saffiedine right back into the fence. It's just dogged persistence. He tries the single leg and for a moment Saffiedine goes down, but he's right back up. Body kick from Saffiedine lands. They are both breathing heavily. They drives jabs home simultaneously. Saffiedine tries for a take down, but doesn't have the stamina, and Kim momentarily reverses the attempt. Kim is trying inside of a minute to dump Saffiedine, and he does...sort of. Saffiedine able to scramble and try for a double leg. Can't get that. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Saffiedine, 10-9 (29-28 overall for Saffiedine).
UFC 207 official results: Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)