A welterweight battle as been added to the upcoming UFC 125 show on New Year’s Day that will see former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Nate Diaz take his third fight at welterweight against undefeated Korean Judoka Dong Hyun Kim.
The bout was confirmed by sources close to the fight on Thursday, and was initially reported by Korea’s MFight.co.
With a perfect 13-0-1 record, Korea’s Dong Hyun Kim always seems like he’s poised for a run at the title when he shows off his impressive arsenal and growing skill set. It’s usually at that moment that Kim has fallen prey to injury.
With four wins and one draw in the UFC, Kim has been a tough opponent for anyone he’s faced, but with only 2 fights in 2008, 2 fights in 2009 and 1 fight in 2010, inactivity has turned to be his greatest enemy. He’ll try to remedy that as he’s healthy once again, and looking for another big win in January.
Hoping to stop that run and continue his own win streak will be Stockton, Calif. own Nate Diaz (13-5). Formerly a winner of the “Ultimate Fighter” reality show as a lightweight, Diaz made the move to welterweight two fights ago, and he’s ready for more at 170.
Finishing both Rory Markham and Marcus Davis, Diaz has looked very strong at 170, but he’ll have a different stylistic match-up this time around facing a fighter with a similar grappling background, while also bringing a dangerous judo game to the table.
The fight between Diaz and Kim will likely make the televised portion of the UFC 125 broadcast in some form.