Dong Hyun Kim
Kim Dong-hyun (Korean: 김동현, 金東炫; born November 17, 1981), anglicized as Dong Hyun Kim, is a South Korean mixed martial artist currently fighting in the UFC's welterweight division. He was signed by the UFC after fighting in the Japanese promotion DEEP and in the South Korean promotion Spirit MC. As of 26 July 2018, he is the #15 ranked contender in the official UFC welterweight rankings.
|Dong Hyun Kim|
Kim in November 2012
November 17, 1981
Suwon, South Korea
|Other names||Stun Gun|
|Height||6 ft 1 1⁄2 in (1.87 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Style||Judo, Hapkido, Sambo, Taekwondo, Boxing, BJJ|
|Fighting out of||Busan, South Korea|
|Team||Busan Team MAD|
|Rank||4th dan black belt in Judo|
Black belt in Hapkido
Black belt in Taekwondo
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Dong Hyun Kim|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Donghyeon|
He was born in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, and moved to Daejeon when he was a primary school student, where he was an inline speed skater. He began training in Judo when he was 14 years old, and trained in Taekwondo and Hapkido together in his late teens for his interest in martial arts. And later Kim began to practice Judo professionally at Yong-In University, which led him to reignite his MMA career. Kim began training at Wajyutsu Keisyukai, a renowned Japanese gym frequented by a number of top Japanese fighters. As one of the largest members of the gym, Kim became a regular sparring partner of middleweight Yushin Okami. At this time he competed in judo and sambo. He served in the Republic of Korea Marine Corps in 2001 for his mandatory service. Later he became a fighter for Spirit MC, but declared his retirement in 2004 due to economic reasons. He mentioned during Law of the Jungle that before spending four months in Auckland, New Zealand working in 3 concurrent part-time roles (kitchenhand and sashimi chef/poissonnier, bricklayer and construction labourer). His job situation never improved upon returning to Korea, until his parents finally allowed him to train again. He trains with Busan Team MAD since 2007. He teaches self defence classes. One of his students include Hani of Korean girl group EXID.
He is also a regular guest in Korean variety shows and talk shows. He has attended more than seventy TV shows since 2010. On June 16, 2013, he featured as the 'Hulk' on Running Man episode 150 (SBS Sunday night show). On this episode he led the character that transformed to Hulk mode in Running Man Avengers. On March 22, 2015, Kim reappeared on Running Man in episode 239 as a guest. Kim was also featured along with fellow UFC fighter Yoshihiro Akiyama in the Korean boy band MYNAME's drama music video for their single "Baby I'm Sorry". On June 26, 2016, Kim returned as a guest on Running Man in episode 305. Kim is regular cast member of Great Escape Season 1 of 2018 and Season 2 of 2019. In 2019, he guest-starred on Not the Person You Used To Know, where he appeared as one of the friends of Hani of EXID.
Kim gained recognition after signing with the Japanese DEEP organization, earning a succession of wins before knocking out DEEP welterweight champion Hidehiko Hasegawa in a non-title bout in 2007. Kim and Hasegawa later fought to a controversial draw in a title fight at DEEP 32nd Impact, leaving defending champion Hasegawa with the title. Kim departed from DEEP to sign a contract with PRIDE Fighting Championships, but the UFC purchased and dismantled PRIDE before Kim could fight in the organization. Kim's performances attracted the attention of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) talent scouts, who offered him a contract. However, because the WEC is not televised in Korea, Kim's management pushed for and received a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which airs on Korean cable television.
Kim's original nickname is "Stun Gun", then a lot of Korean fans started calling him "Maemi", which means Cicada in Korean. The nickname was given to Kim from his fighting style where he likes to take his opponents to the ground, grapple with them and never let them escape like a Cicada on a tree.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Kim made his UFC debut at UFC 84 against Jason Tan, methodically breaking down his opponent and ultimately winning by technical knockout in the third round. With his performance, Kim became the first Korean to win in the octagon. Kim's appearance drew considerable attention in Korea. One week before the event, a prime time, hour-long special about Kim was aired on Korean television. Though Kim's bout did not air on the UFC pay-per-view, it aired live on Korean television, and was then replayed twice more before the regular event coverage resumed.
He made his second octagon appearance at UFC 88, capturing a split decision over The Ultimate Fighter 7 alumnus Matt Brown. During this fight, Kim's conditioning was very poor due to jet lag, and visa problems prevented him from bringing a coach. In the first round, Kim threatened Brown with a standing rear naked choke and took Brown's back on numerous occasions but became exhausted in the second. In the third, Kim used some effective ground-and-pound and cut Brown with an elbow. All three judges scored the bout 29–28, two of them in Kim's favor. The decision was contested by the crowd in attendance with noticeable booing.
Kim returned to the octagon in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 31, 2009, as he faced off against fellow judo practitioner Karo Parisyan at UFC 94. With Frank Mir in his corner who served as his boxing coach prior to the fight. Kim originally lost to Parisyan via split decision. Fans in attendance booed the decision, and former UFC champions Matt Hughes, Randy Couture and UFC president Dana White have commented that they thought Kim had won the fight. Afterwards, however, Parisyan tested positive for three banned pain killers: Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone. The Nevada Athletic Commission declared the match a No Contest, and Parisyan was suspended for nine months. Later on March 5, 2009, Kim signed a four fight extension with the UFC.
Kim defeated TJ Grant at UFC 100, winning by a unanimous 30–26 decision, threatening with a guillotine choke midway through the second round. He was scheduled to fight Dan Hardy on November 14, 2009, at UFC 105, but was forced to withdraw due to ligament injuries of his right knee while sparring with Kazuhiro Nakamura  and was subsequently replaced on the card by Mike Swick.
Kim next faced The Ultimate Fighter season 7 winner, Amir Sadollah on May 29, 2010, at UFC 114 and won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), dominating Sadollah with far superior Judo and Wrestling.
Kim defeated The Ultimate Fighter season 5 winner, Nate Diaz on January 1, 2011, at UFC 125 via unanimous decision. Kim used his judo to control rounds 1 and 2. Diaz mounted a remarkable offense in Round 3, but it was not enough and Kim won a 29-28 decision over Diaz. After the fight Kim called out current UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, whom he considers a hero and role model to himself as a mixed martial artist. Later on January 10, 2011, Kim signed a four fight extension with the UFC.
Kim fought Sean Pierson on December 30, 2011, at UFC 141. Kim used superior striking to control Pierson throughout the fight and win a unanimous decision, even landing a leaping front-kick to the face in the second round that wobbled Pierson.
Kim lost to Demian Maia via TKO on July 7, 2012, at UFC 148. The bout was stopped in forty-seven seconds in the first round by referee Mario Yamasaki, after Maia took Kim down and ended up in the mounted position. Many observers, including the UFC commentator Joe Rogan, thought that Kim had broken a rib during the bout, but it was later revealed that he suffered a major muscle spasm while defending Maia's takedown attempts.
Kim faced Paulo Thiago on November 10, 2012, at UFC on Fuel TV 6. He dominated Thiago on the ground for all three rounds, ending the bout with a wild display of ground and pound reminiscent of Kazushi Sakuraba. He won via unanimous decision.
Kim then faced Erick Silva on October 9, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 29. He won via knockout at 3:01 of the second round, earning him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award. Later on October 30, 2013, Kim signed a four fight extension with the UFC.
Kim was expected to face Hector Lombard on August 23, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 48. However, Lombard pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Tyron Woodley. Kim lost the fight via TKO in the first round.
Kim was expected to face Jorge Masvidal in November 28, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 79. However, on November 14, it was announced that Masvidal would instead face Benson Henderson at the event after his scheduled opponent Thiago Alves pulled out of their fight. Kim instead faced Dominic Waters. Kim won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.
Kim was expected to face Gunnar Nelson on November 19, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 99. However, on October 21, it was announced that Nelson pulled out due to an injury and the fight was off. In turn, Kim was removed from the card and will be rescheduled for a future event.
Championships and achievementsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
|September 11, 2015 – October 30, 2015||Law of the Jungle in Nicaragua||Cast member||SBS|
|2018||Great Escape (Season 1)||tvN|||
|2018 – present||Amazing Saturday|||
|2019||Great Escape (Season 2)|||
|Training Korean||Guest, Ep. 2||MBN|
|2019 – present||Player 7||Cast||tvN, XtvN|||
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||22 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||22–4–1 (1)||Colby Covington||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia||June 17, 2017||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore|
|Win||22–3–1 (1)||Tarec Saffiedine||Decision (split)||UFC 207||December 30, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–3–1 (1)||Dominic Waters||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal||November 28, 2015||1||3:11||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||20–3–1 (1)||Joshua Burkman||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 187||May 23, 2015||3||2:13||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||19–3–1 (1)||Tyron Woodley||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le||August 23, 2014||1||1:01||Macau, SAR, China|
|Win||19–2–1 (1)||John Hathaway||KO (spinning back elbow)||The Ultimate Fighter China Finale: Kim vs. Hathaway||March 1, 2014||3||1:02||Macau, SAR, China||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||18–2–1 (1)||Erick Silva||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields||October 9, 2013||2||3:01||Barueri, Brazil||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||17–2–1 (1)||Siyar Bahadurzada||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann||March 3, 2013||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||16–2–1 (1)||Paulo Thiago||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le||November 10, 2012||3||5:00||Macau, SAR, China|
|Loss||15–2–1 (1)||Demian Maia||TKO (Body strikes)||UFC 148||July 7, 2012||1||0:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–1–1 (1)||Sean Pierson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 141||December 30, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||14–1–1 (1)||Carlos Condit||KO (flying knee and punches)||UFC 132||July 2, 2011||1||2:58||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–0–1 (1)||Nate Diaz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 125||January 1, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–0–1 (1)||Amir Sadollah||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 114||May 29, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–0–1 (1)||TJ Grant||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 100||July 11, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|NC||11–0–1 (1)||Karo Parisyan||NC (overturned)||UFC 94||January 31, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Originally a split decision win for Parisyan; overturned after he tested positive for banned painkillers.|
|Win||11–0–1||Matt Brown||Decision (split)||UFC 88||September 6, 2008||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||10–0–1||Jason Tan||TKO (elbows)||UFC 84||May 24, 2008||3||0:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Draw||9–0–1||Hidehiko Hasegawa||Draw||Deep: 32 Impact||October 9, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||For the Deep Welterweight Championship|
|Win||9–0||Hidehiko Hasegawa||KO (slam and punches)||Deep: 31 Impact||August 5, 2007||3||4:57||Tokyo, Japan||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||8–0||Yukiharu Maejima||KO (punches)||Deep: CMA Festival 2||July 23, 2007||1||0:11||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–0||Hidenobu Koike||KO (punch)||Deep: 28 Impact||February 16, 2007||2||4:33||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Jun Ando||TKO (punches)||Deep: 27 Impact||December 20, 2006||2||0:44||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–0||Kousei Kubota||KO (knee)||Deep: 26 Impact||October 10, 2006||1||2:46||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–0||Tomoyoshi Iwamiya||Decision (unanimous)||Deep: 25 Impact||August 4, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Mitsunori Tanimura||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Deep: CMA Festival||May 24, 2006||1||4:28||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Hyung-Kwang Kim||Decision (unanimous)||Spirit MC 5: 2004 GP Unlimited||September 11, 2004||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||1–0||Young-Ahm Noh||Decision (unanimous)||Spirit MC 3: I Will Be Back!!!||April 10, 2004||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
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