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UFC 125 Play-by-Play: Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim

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Nate Diaz vs Dong Hyun Kim UFC 125

Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim

 

Dong Hyun Kim and Nate Diaz at UFC 125

Dong Hyun Kim and Nate Diaz at UFC 125

Round 1: Both fighters open with pawing jabs.  A snapping leg kick by Diaz, and a return kick by Kim for good measure.  Another inside leg kick by Kim and Diaz motions for him to come forward.  Kim obliges and takes Diaz directly to the floor with a powerful shot.  Time will tell if that was a good idea or not.  Kim postures and lands a solid lunging right to the chin of Diaz.  Kim again lunges in, this time with a left and connects.   Kim escapes the half-guard of Diaz and is looking to mount.  Diaz retains guard and is looking to control.  Another lunging shot from a postured Kim connects to the skull of Diaz.  Diaz pulls a nice switch and for a moment it looks as if he is going to escape but Kim uses his strength and puts Diaz on his back once again.    Diaz tries to stand up but Kim takes his back.  Diaz transfers out and he has a shoulder lock. He eventually lets go and both fighter get back to their feet as the round ends. 10-9 Kim.

 

Dong Hyun Kim and Nate Diaz at UFC 125

Dong Hyun Kim and Nate Diaz at UFC 125

Round 2:iaz opens with a looping hook that just misses. Diaz wings a two punch body combo, and tries to follow to the head, but is not successful.  Right jab, followed by a left hook by Diaz, both connect.  Kim shoots for a single leg and gets the takedown rather easily.  Kim postures and lands a few nice punches, but he is wary of the submission skills of Diaz. And he should be.  Diaz landing a few disruptive peppering shots from the bottom as Kim tries to pass.  Diaz starts to go to town from the bottom with a flurry of slapping punches to the ears of Kim.  Diaz is doing a great job of controlling Kim on the bottom. Diaz does a nice job of putting his feet on Kim’s hips and pressing off, but as quickly as he got to his feet, he seemingly is taken back down just as quick.   More shots from the bottom by Diaz, and they are certainly landing, but the fact is, Nate Diaz is letting this fight slip away.  He needs to get to his feet.  A scramble ends the round and both fighters are standing. 10-9 Kim

 

Dong Hyun Kim and Nate Diaz at UFC 125

Dong Hyun Kim and Nate Diaz at UFC 125

Round 3:Right jab by Kim starts the 3rd round off.  A high kick by Diaz just misses Kim’s skull, as he ducked under it at the last moment.  Now Diaz rushes in for the takedown, but isn’t successful.  Both fighters are now clinched against the cage, and eventually separate and exchange a few peppering jabs.  In a very odd moment, Diaz connects with a knee to the head of a  “grounded” Kim.  It was hard to tell if Kim was fully grounded or not.  Either way, no points taken, and the round resumes.  Kim rushes in and pushes Diaz against the cage, and the fighters clinch.  Diaz lands a nice knee from the clinch and the fighters proceed with a wild scramble that ends with Kim on top of Diaz, eventually taking his back.   Diaz is looking for submissions and staying active, as he almost has a knee bar, but Kim powers out and still has his back and is looking to drag him to the canvas.  Diaz reverses and is now standing clinched against the cage.  Kim tries a Judo toss but ends up exposing himself and he eats a high kick from Diaz.  Diaz now with clinched uppercuts, followed by another kick to the face of Kim.  Diaz probably wins this round but not the fight. 10-9 Diaz

Dong Hyun Kim def. Nate Diaz by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3

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