Kim, who had the superior wrestling game, looked to chase Silva early, pressuring for the takedown. Silva worked with knees to the body of Kim with the Korean starting to miss badly. Kim was able to catch Silva off balance and land the takedown moving into mount. Silva looked to sweep from his back, targeting Kim’s leg, but the “Stun Gun” kept the pressure on.
Silva came out as the aggressor in round two, attacking Kim and dropped him with an elbow. Kim scrambled to Silva’s back, but the Brazilian broke free. Silva looked to catch Kim coming forward and after a flurry of shots he had Kim hurt, as the tide was starting to turn in the Brazilian’s favor. As both came in to throw a cross punch, it was Kim that landed with a huge left hand that knocked Silva out cold at 3:01 of round two.
The victory was Kim’s third straight, but just his first knockout since 2008. While the loss dented the momentum of the 29-year-old Brazilian, who was on the rebuild after he dropped a decision to Jon Fitch at UFC 153.
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