by Dr. Octagon J.D.
UFC Fight Night Macao started at the ungodly hour of 6am, but I did roll out of bed in time to catch the main card.
In the main event, Dong Hyun Kim scored a highlight-reel stoppage of John Hathaway in the third round. Kim has the early striking advantage and landed at will on Hathaway, who didn’t seem to have any interest in putting his hands up. In the third round, Hathaway went in for an elbow, while Kim dodged and landed a cracking spinning elbow to Hathaway’s head. The shot ended the fight without any question, as Hathaway lay motionless on the mat.
Stun Gun used to use judo to stifle opponents, until his last fight against Erick Silva. Kim’s much improved striking and excellent grappling now make him a tough test for anyone in the UFC. He hasn’t had a definitive loss in the Octagon since he was knocked out by Carlos Condit. He also lost to Demian Maia, but it was more of a freak injury than anything else.
For his part, Silva needed just 51 seconds to stop Takenori Sato with a massive left hand KO.
In The Ultimate Fighter China finale, Zhang Lipang “defeated” Wang Sai by split decision. We had it 29-28 for Sai.
In other action, Matt Mitrione defeated Shawn Jordan by KO with a last minute flurry at the end of round one. Hatsu Hioki defeated Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision, it was 29-28 on all the cards.
by Dr. Octagon, J.D.
I was going to write up the undercard, but it was long, not too exciting, and by the time it was over, I didn’t really remember too much from the fights. Don Hyun Kim vs. Siyar Bahadurzada is first up on Fuel TV. Live updates aft the jump:
by Dr. Octagon, J.D.
They’re hyping the RZA’s new martial arts film “The Man with the Iron Fists.” Daniel Wu is ringside and obviously Cung Le, who is fighting in tonight’s main event, is also in the film. Talk about excellent cross-promotion.
Very savvy of the UFC to feature Le in the main event of its first card in China (Macau). Nothing like a movie star to add credibility to a mixed martial arts event, and vice versa. As a fan of martial arts films, I find them much more meaningful when the people pretending to do the karate can really do the karate if needed.
This is the first fight back for Dong Hyun Kim, who lost his last fight due to a freak muscle spasm injury. Live updates after the jump: