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A Korean hero whose fans wait up all night to see his fights on television, Dong Hyun Kim carries a great weight on his shoulders in terms of expectations every time he steps into the Octagon. But with UFC wins over Jason Tan and Matt Brown already secured, the aggressive and exciting judo black belt nicknamed ‘Stun Gun’ has shown that he is more than ready to deliver on his promise - not only to himself but to his country.TRAINING: I am training for all situations. I want to be ready for every single second of the fight in order to avoid small mistakes.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA in 2004. I saw some videos of SHOOTO and UFC, and they were great. It really got my blood pumping.
What ranks and titles have you held? Fourth degree black belt in judo.
Do you have any heroes? Anderson Silva
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It's an honor for me to fight in the UFC, the world’s best fight event. And it will be a big opportunity to show my fighting talent to MMA fans around the whole world.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I'm in my 4th year at Yong-In University, majoring in Judo. Judo is so helpful in MMA.
What was your job before you started fighting? Judo player
Accomplishments in amateur competition? I have won some prizes in many Judo matches, and won a few tournaments in Amateur MMA, Catch wrestling, and Jujitsu in Korea.
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle choke
Favorite Striking technique: Straight punch