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Old 10-10-2013, 10:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dong Hyun Kim : “I feel more proud of this win than my 8 other wins combined.”

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ongratulations on your victory. Can you tell us how you feel?

I am overjoyed. I have always fought “away games”, but as everyone knows Brazil is a whole another thing. I was worried a lot and felt some serious pressure. I heard the boos all the way in my locker room. I realize if I don’t make my heart strong, I would be in big trouble. I worked so hard on that aspect and was able to be at my mentally strongest entering the cage.

Coach Yang Sung Hoon actually revealed to us before the fight that you would show a whole different style. Even we could not predict it would be this different.

We had a lot of debates about what our strategy was going to be. Coach realized that Erick Silva was strongest at a distance. Basically, that Silva was best when opponents are trying to move away and he closes the distance very well. I would be in danger if I stood still so the plan was constant pressure and more pressure. The whole strategy was move forward. I would close the distance and wait to time my counter. Silva is also strong early. I was to gas him out in the 1st round. This victory was all because of the strategy.

It was good to see you so aggressive, but some of the initial exchanges were dangerous.

I could have stuck on him more, but I realized a grappling heavy strategy would not work. He obviously trained the clinch a lot and his scrambling abilities were very good. I realized in my current condition I was going to gas out if I grappled. I decided to keep going for the clinch, but not be too stubborn with getting an actual takedown.

You did not use what you are most famous for, the timing takedown.

Honestly, even right before the fight I started to doubt the pressure strategy. I even contemplated to just go for timing tackles. But watching Erick Silva’s workout I realized it was too risky because he was very good at countering takedowns with strikes. This was a strategy I never used before. I just trusted my coach 100%.

Can you explain the counter punch that knocked out Erick Silva?

I practiced that punch so many times in training. It’s imperative to slip your head when throwing that punch to deflect the angle of the opponent’s punch. I trained it so much that I saw the timing for it perfectly, and it was as if I was in practice again.

Did you erase all the criticism you got for being a boring fighter with that knockout?

Honestly, I am not an entertaining fighter. I don’t even watch my own fights (laughs). I just watch my fights until I get a takedown then I turn it off. I won 8 times, but I would just get cursed at after my wins. The reaction from this fight is amazing. I hear there is a lot of excitement, not just in South Korea but also America. I feel more proud of this win than my 8 other wins combined.

What did you think of Erick Silva?

First, he is a great person. At the weigh-ins and after the fight he kept tapping my back and talking to me very pleasantly. He even came to me first and told me it was a great fight. I actually felt sorry. I don’t think my last hammer fist was necessary.

How did if feel to finally knock someone out in the UFC?

I don’t know. My opponents usually block my punches when I try to throw hard. I just threw this punch naturally and it landed right on the button. I just saw him disappearing after I hit him. I did not know he was hurt that badly. I even thought to myself if I don’t take him out now, I will lose this fight. I felt sorry for him when I saw the replay.

Did you feel you wasted too much energy in the 1st round?

When it’s that high paced, the opponent will also gas. I had to move forward to make him wilt and to make him lose power in his punches.

What do you think would happen if the fight went all 3 rounds?

I wasn’t thinking about winning. I was thinking either I die or you die. I knew there were no real exciting fights before mine and I knew the Maia vs Shields fight would be boring. I predict we would have won fight of the night.

There were some wild and dangerous exchanges in the 2nd round. How were you holding up?

I did feel a “ting” feeling in my head, but I didn’t think any of his punches could knock me out. I was really tired, but I knew Erick Silva was too. This lessened the pressure for me. Honestly, getting hit wasn’t that bad. I didn’t even know I would fight like this. I will admit he knees were definitely painful (laughs).

You attempted a lot of spinning attacks. Was this part of the plan?

Yes. We knew Erick Silva would run away if I initiated the clinch. The strategy was to not try to go for judo takedowns, but to try spinning attacks as Erick Silva was escaping from the clinch. Another plan was to go for the spinning back fist after faking a takedown. That didn’t work out too well. I wasn’t able to show a lot of the things we worked on.

Did the recent cut of Yushin Okami influence the way you fought?

The strategy was mostly to achieve victory, but I would be dishonest if I said the cut didn’t affect me. My mind was very complicated after hearing about the cut. I actually thought maybe it was time to retire and end my career.

Will you fight like this from now on?

Striking is more dangerous, but it is also more comfortable. My lungs literally feel like they will burst after a grueling grappling battle. Getting takedowns and maintaining top position is so draining. It depends on the situation, but I will bring out my striking more. I get cursed even when I grapple in an exciting way (laughs).

You said you would ruin this event. How was the atmosphere after winning?

I did cause an incident (laughs). I heard that it was silent after I knocked out Erick Silva. I was just too happy to even notice, but afterwards the Brazilian crowd did clap for me.

Did you expect a bonus? It would have been nice if you got two.

I am happy with just one. I always wanted to get one of those. When you fight in the UFC for 6 years; this kind of thing even happens (laughs). I was really happy to get the bonus, but there are too many taxes in Brazil. I think I was taxed around 50,000 $.

How was Joe Silva’s reaction when he went to shake your hand?

That was the first time I saw him make that kind of a reaction for my fights. I am sure a matchmaker is always happy when a matchup they make produces a fun fight.

There was no interview after your win. Did you not have a translator?

There was a Korean to Portuguese translator but no one there to translate the English.

We know you had a serious injury coming into this fight. How was your condition?

I injured my neck very badly grappling and injured it more in Japan. I went to Japan because I had already bought the flight tickets, but I couldn’t even really train because I was in so much pain. I was mostly rehabbing my neck and just trained my striking. I was very stressed out.

How about your participation in ADCC ?

Joe Silva already gave me permission to compete at ADCC. I need to go see a doctor first because of my neck. Right now, I plan to participate but I will have to go to South Korea and figure everything out. There is some pressure because I will probably compete in the 88kg class.

We know you will be up for contract renegotiation soon. Do you think this victory will have an impact?

I don’t think there will be a big difference. Even now, I am one of the higher paid fighters. I am estimating just a small bump.

I don’t think there has ever been an Asian fighter that has won in Brazil.

I’m not sure myself. I heard this was the first time the main even and co-main event winners were non-Brazilians.

What is your future plans?

I don’t know. I want to rest and rehab my neck. Training for a fight is like hell. My whole life has just been dedicated to training. I don’t think I will be ready in time for the Singapore card. I think it would be good if the UFC picked up more South Korean fighters.
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Very good interview, I'd be awesome if he was ready for Singapore
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All class after that big win, good guy. I'm starting to become a big fan of Stun Gun. Hopefully he starts getting more respect. Some people were calling an "easy first round TKO" win for Silva, completely counting Stun Gun out which surprised me. He's a step or two above the competition Silva has been beating. People let his loss to Condit cloud their judgment. Fighters can improve their game. I'm glad that he showed that he has more than grappling in his arsenal. He finally let his power shine and he showed people why they call him "Stun Gun".

I like him even more after this interview and he seems down to Earth. I hope he continues to do well in the UFC.
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When people say he has no chin because Condit ko'd him makes me laugh, the guy got caught with a flying knee, that would have ko'd most guys lol.

He is always down to earth in his interviews, I liked that he got a finish, but I don't want him to fight that reckless again
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Yeah what a pansy, he probably can't even take an H bomb or Chucks overhand right on the button. Pfft.. Weak.

Haha but seriously, I think he proved people otherwise about his chin. I don't see him fighting that reckless again, but on the bright side, his job should be secure from any unfair cut sprees. Would have been a shame if he did retire.
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hahaha

Yeah had he been cut or retired it would officially be the worst year of MMA for me, so many upsets.

I hope people start showing him more respect, and maybe giving him a top 10 guy, I want him to fight Tarec or maybe even Kampmann, Diaz
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Pretty cool insight on the Dong. Once again that was a funny fight. He just comes out loco. Sometimes it's fun to see that especially after a long succession of decision fights.
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Pretty cool insight on the Dong. Once again that was a funny fight. He just comes out loco. Sometimes it's fun to see that especially after a long succession of decision fights.
Yeah it was rather refreshing to see him stop a guy, and a guy that everyone thought would stop him in the 1st. It gives those silly people who have a hate on for him a reason to maybe pay more attention to him from now on.

I just don't want this to be his new style, because honestly, it would always work, not with a guy like lawler, Hendricks, Ellenberger for example.

Who do you think he should fight next?
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Maia rematch. Their last fight was unsatisfactory.
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Maia rematch. Their last fight was unsatisfactory.
Definitely. Maia looked as if he was able to overpower DHK early for the takedown, but I was so disappointed when I saw the injury.


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I'd like a rematch between him and Maia, I think he could win that fight. I'd also be game for a match with Shields, Tarec and Diaz
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