Next weekend, in the first bout of the UFC Singapore undercard, undefeated South Korean bantamweight Ji Yeon Kim will make her UFC debut against a game opponent in the Czech Republic’s Lucie Pudilová.
In advance of this fight, Kim has been sharpening her tools alongside one of the most dangerous fighters in the game, and the most famous fighter to emerge from South Korea: “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.
While Kim’s time on the mats with The Korean Zombie has been incredibly valuable, it has not been without its hiccups. In a recent interview with BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor, Kim recounted a time that she accidentally fractured her training partner’s orbital bone during an intense sparring session.
“We were sparring and going at it pretty hard,” Kim explained. “I caught Chan Sung with a straight right counter. He fell over and was holding his eye. At first I thought he was joking, but when he took his hand away from his face, he was already starting to get a black eye. I had no idea that it was an orbital fracture at first. When I found out, I felt terrible and kept apologizing to Chan Sung. He said that in that situation, one of us was bound to end up getting hurt, so better him than me. I still feel bad about it, though!”
Needless to say, Kim packs quite a wallop, and could very easily land a similar blow on Pudilová when the UFC touches down on Singapore later this month.
Kim will enter her fight in Singapore with an undefeated, 6-0-2 record. Four of her six wins have come by way of knockout or submission. Originally, she was expected to make her debut against former champion Holly Holm, but Holm reportedly turned the matchup down.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/10/2017.