by John Evans (Translation by Mi Gyoung Yoo)
Dong Hyun Kim has a professional record of 8-0-1, with the one draw coming against DEEP welterweight champion Hidehiko Hasegawa, a fighter Kim finished via TKO in a previous, non-title match.
His ground game looks more like a product of Sao Paulo than Seoul, and his standup is equally as dangerous. So why doesn’t this undefeated fighter have a contract?
He did, prior to the dissolution of Pride Fighting Championships. After that there were rumors that a deal with World Extreme Cagefighting was in the works, but a contract never materialized.
“Right now I’m thinking about where I want to go. I’d be willing to consider a promotion in America, Japan or Korea … I’d welcome an offer from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as I know that I am already fighting at that level after training in Japan with (UFC middleweight) Yushin Okami.”
Kim also works out with fellow Korean Lim Jae Seok, who won via a first-round rear naked choke in his EliteXC debut in Corpus Christi, Texas last month.
“Our training program is focused on sparring,” Kim says. “We practice like we’re in real fights.”
Kim is a lanky, hard hitting fighter who has finished five of his last six opponents with strikes. His style is reminiscent of some of Chute Boxe’s best, (all the better because he has competed thus far in organizations that allow soccer kicks and stomps), and since he has yet to be picked up by the UFC or another large promotion, you can still find his fights on the Internet.