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Dong Hyun Kim Looking To Mix Things Up With Hathaway At TUF China Finale
TUF China Finale co-headliner Dong Hyun Kim has been on quite a roll recently in the welterweight division, winning his last three fights in dominant fashion. “Stun Gun” looks like a possible contender in the 170 pound weight class.
Tomorrow Kim will get the chance to take his forth straight win at welterweight over British prospect, John Hathaway, but getting his hand raised is not the only thing which Kim has his mind set on, speaking to MMAJunkie Radio the Korean fighter told how he plans on putting on an exciting performance for the fans:
“In the past, I was the only Korean fighting in the UFC, and I wanted to show the whole world that there was a Korean fighter fighting in the UFC, and it was extremely important for me to win,” Kim said. “My strategy really focused on winning the fight, but no longer. I want to be able to go in and put on a tough performance for the fans and one that the UFC and the fans would love to see.“
The “Stun Gun” is a heavy favorite coming into the fight and a lot of people have wrote off Hathaway’s chances of winning, but Kim doesn’t think he will have a big advantage over “The Hitman”.
“Hathaway matches up well and is maybe even taller than I am,” he said. “I don’t really think it’s a great advantage matching up against him. In the old days, muscular bulkiness was the trend, but the guys are getting much bigger and stronger, so the size advantage may have diminished since I entered the UFC.”
Kim may not be fighting in Korea but still thinks he will have an advantage with the fight being in Asia. The 32-year old found it hard getting in shape fighting overseas and thinks it will be a big help fighting closer to home.
“Sometimes when I’m fighting overseas, I’m often up at 3 o’clock in the morning, not able to sleep,” he said. “I have a very difficult time getting into the best shape. But now that I’m here in Asia, and the fact that I have a lot of friends that came from Korea to support me, I really draw a lot of energy from fans cheering me on. It’s great to fight in a comfortable setting.”
But whether he is fighting in the U.S or Asia, changes are ahead according to the Korean and we should be seeing a different version of Kim inside the cage tomorrow:
“There’s going to be a change in the way ‘Stun Gun’ fights in the octagon. I can tell you that right now.”