In the co-main event of the evening, ranked welterweight Dong Hyun Kim and Erick Silva faced off in Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil. The bout would see Kim put himself back in contention with a brutal KO victory tonight on FOX Sports 1.
Kim Flattens Silva
Dong Hyun Kim picked up a huge victory tonight in Brazil with a stunning knockout of Erick Silva. After a solid round by the Korean in the first, the fight got a bit wild in the second. While Silva landed early and often, with Kim swinging and missing, in the second round all the Korean needed was one punch to put away the Brazilian with a brutal knockout. The victory is Kim’s third in a row in the Octagon, while Silva falls to 3-3 in the UFC.
Rd. 1- Spinning elbow by Silva early. Kim attacking with grappling attacks now and Silva has defended so far. Kim misses a spinning attack of his own. Silva swings a wild combination before getting tied up along the cage. Knees by Kim. Silva breaks free and just walks away. Kim clinches and lands a shot before Silva escapes. Kim forces a slip by Silva with a nice left hand and almost immediately ends up in mount. Silva ties it up as Kim lands short shots and repositions Silva on the cage. Silva tries a half-guard sweep but doesn’t get it and switches to a leg attack before Kim counters. Kim is isolating an arm in half guard now while still throwing punches. Silva looks for a heel hook as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Kim.
Rd. 2- Mario Yamasaki toweled off Silva between rounds. Big strikes by Silva and he is connecting. The crowd goes wild as Kim tries to recover and he scrambles up after a knockdown to seize control in the clinch. Headkick by Kim is checked. Straight right to a takedown attempt by Kim. Big knee in the clinch by Silva. Nice jab by Silva. Both fighters are looking a bit tired now. Spinning elbow attack by Silva is ducked. Big uppercuts and a right by Silva. Silva takes Kim’s back while standing but nothing comes of it other than Kim being warned for a cage grab. Both fighters throw lefts at the same time but Kim’s head movement is the difference as Silva is out cold. Holy crap what a knockout.
Dong Hyun Kim def. Erick Silva via KO (punch) at 3:01 of Round 2