The UFC on Fuel TV 8 main card kicked off with a welterweight matchup between Dong Hyun Kim and Siyar Bahadurzada. Kim and Bahadurzada were the to enter the octagon for the night’s stacked televised card from Japan.
The fight started off with Kim looking to push the pace and fight for an early takedown. Initially, Bahadurzada was able to scramble and fend off the takedown attempts, but Kim was able to stay busy and eventually get the fight to the mat where he was able to dominate with incredible control and some sharp elbows to the top of his opponents head.
When round two kicked off, we witnessed much of the same.
Kim once again pushed for the takedown and continued to wear on Bahadurzada with his ground-and-pound after working his way to mount. Entering the third and final frame, Kim was easily winning the fight, 20-18.
After a few punches were exchanged to start off round three, Kim once again shot and took Bahadurzada on the canvas. In one smooth transition, Kim was right back in the mount and was looking to lock in the head and arm choke. Bahadurzada did his best to avoid the choke, and he managed to work his way out after some slick knees to the body.
Kim eventually gave up the arm triangle and turned into full berserker mode before unloading a flurry of devastating — and highly entertaining — punches from the mount. It was the most action in the fight and put an exclamation point on Kim’s win.
All three judges scored the fight in favor of Kim (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).