Dong Hyun Kim Says He'll Be A New Fighter At The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.28.2014
He's a different fighter now...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Dong Hyun Kim (18-2-1 MMA, 9-2 UFC) said that he will be a different fighter at The Ultimate Fighter: China finale against John Hathaway (17-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC). The two will fight tomorrow at the Venetian Macao's CotaiArena in Macau. It streams live on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 AM ET.
On being a new fighter: "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. 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. There's going to be a change in the way ‘Stun Gun' fights in the octagon. I can tell you that right now."
On bringing more aggression: "Looking back in the old days when I used to fight in Japan, I used to try to put on the type of performance that fans really come to see and enjoy, and I may be taking on the same attitude. It is no longer winning the fight. Of course, it's important to win the fight. But how you win and how you perform inside the octagon is something the fans and UFC would love to see."
On his opponent: "Hathaway matches up well and is maybe even taller than I am. 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."