Although the UFC might not have tapped a bout between Dong Hyun Kim and Erick Silva as a co-headliner here in North America, since the latter is one of Brazil’s emerging welterweights it’s a bout that should draw. While Silva has impressed during his run in the UFC (it’s important to remember one of his losses was via disqualification and the other came versus Jon Fitch), so has Kim. The 31 year-old has somewhat quietly put together a 8-2 with 1 no contest record in the Octagon.
If you recall, Kim has defeated the likes of Matt Brown, TJ Grant, Nate Diaz, Paulo Thiago and Siyar Bahadurzada in the Octagon to date. Since “Stun Gun’s” largely done so thanks to an oppressive top game, the vet hasn’t always buzzed the masses with his performances.
So, tonight is a pivotal fight for both welterweights, as a win could serve as a big step towards the top ten rankings. So what does Kim think of Silva and fighting him in his homeland of Brazil? Well, while speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently the South Korean relayed:
“I came in here to break the plans,” said Kim, who also added he likes the host city of Barueri . “People expect a lot from Erick because he’s a fan-favorite, but I don’t.”
The last man to defeat Kim is tonight’s main event competitor Demian Maia, who put him away last July after he was injured less than a minute into the bout. Not surprisingly, that’s a fight Kim wants back.
“I would love a rematch with Maia,” Kim said. “That time, I broke a rib, and I lost in the first round like that. But yeah, I would like a rematch, and I would win.”
Here’s hoping Kim-Silva provides some compelling action. Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for all your UFC FN 29 coverage.