UFC welterweight fighter, Dong Hyun Kim, will be fighting Erick Silva next week in a clash of two rising stars in the 170-lb. division. According to the Korean fighter best known by his moniker, ‘Stun Gun,’ his superior grappling will not only help him defeat Silva at UFC Fight Night 29, it will even shock the welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, who has long been thought to have some of the best wrestling skills in mixed martial arts.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Dong Hyun Kim, the UFC welterweight fighter popularly known as ‘Stun Gun,’ is in the final week of preparation leading up to his UFC Fight Night 29 co-main event fight against Erick Silva. If you ask him how the fight will go, he’ll tell you that his superior wrestling will win.
But then he may keep talking about his wrestling skills, because according to Kim, his wrestling is the best at 170 lbs.
“I think I am number one,” Kim told CorMMA. “I’m the best wrestler and grappler in my division. If I ever fight GSP, I can guarantee he would be shocked by my wrestling. When I trained in America, a lot of the staff knew I was a good wrestler so they brought in NCAA Division 1 wrestlers. Even the heavyweights could never take me down. I also mix in my Judo background with my wrestling. Even if they were stronger, I knew how to use that against them because of my Judo. I am going to bother you for 15 minutes. You won’t be able to just waltz in there and walk around. Let us fight so we are forced to spend our last bit of cardio and will. In the end, your lungs will burst from grappling me.”
Indeed, Kim’s game has largely depended on his grappling skills. Of his 8 wins in the UFC, 7 have come from a judges’ decision. He has been the kind of fighter to control the pace and position of the fight.
Against Erick Silva, that tactic has been proven possible, as Jon Fitch showed at UFC 153. Of course, with almost a year since that fight and a slick submission victory in his last appearance, we can count on Silva to come prepared for Kim’s gameplan.
As for ‘Stun Gun’s’ talk of out-wrestling GSP, the road to that match begins next Wednesday with a win over Silva.
UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields takes place October 9 in Barueri, Brazil. The main card will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm/4pm ETPT, following preliminary bouts airing on the same network and streaming on Facebook.Tags: dong hyun kim, erick silva, georges st. pierre, gsp, korean stun gun, mma, MMA NEWS, stun gun, ufc, UFC Fight Night 29, ufc fight night 29: maia vs. shields, ufc news