John Hathaway and Dong Hyun Kim Talk About Cage Rust In Their Fight
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.27.2014
Will it play a factor?
In an interview with MMA Junkie, both John Hathaway (17-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Dong Kyun Kim (18-2-1 MMA, 9-2 UFC) spoke about if ring rust will play a role in their fight at The Ultimate Fighter: China finale. Here are highlights:
Hathaway on his time away from the UFC: "It was a tough time, obviously. It's just made me even more hungry, honestly, for this type of competition. With an opponent like Kim, it's one where you really want to get up and train really hard and push yourself to the max each day. I think it's a good fight for both of us. It's something that was meant to happen. It's good to get those showdowns together."
Kim on how easy the fight will be: "Because John Hathaway had a long layoff , a lot of people are predicting I'll have a much easier fight against him. I think in terms of his size, his height and his style of fighting âˆ" the way he really prepares for a fight – there's no weaknesses in the way he fights. I'm really going to have to give my 100% to win."
Hathaway on starting over: "To be honest, I feel like I'm starting over again. There are always rapid changes in the welterweight division with how many great fighters there are. There's only one or two spots you can really go for, and there's so many of us that are at a really good level competing for it. I think this is the start of my way back up to it."