June 02, 2007 was a significant date in MMA for a couple of reasons. The first of which is a show took place from the LA Coliseum that was one of the...we'll say most interesting shows in a long time ("WE GOT ANY WARPATH FANS IN THE HOUSE"). The second of which is Roids Gracie got his win back over Sakuraba but had to cheat to do so (He later gave one of the best "excuses" ever.). The final reason was the debut of the current Heavyweight Champion of the UFC, Brock Lesnar.
Brock was scheduled to take on Hong Man Choi, a victory over whom would've put him on the Fedor Emelianenko path to greatness,however Choi dropped out and Kim stepped in. I originally watched this (YES, the whole thing) with the "benefit" of commentary. There were two guys who I'm sure are well-known announcers (I'm positive one was Mauro), but I refuse to look them up and the third guy in the booth was former pro-wrestler Bill Goldberg. Now, I get accused of being a Lesnar fanboy from time-to-time, but I don't live vicariously through Lesnar as he fights. Goldberg's excited tone and guttural scream when Lesnar won are unfortunately etched in my brain. I'm sure if the camera was on him, he would've been shown standing up doing the "Chuck Liddell" fight-watching dance.
Ok, let's focus and get to the subject at hand, Mr. Kim. I remember thinking at the time this aired that Mr. Kim was a wuss. Well actually it was another word, but it doesn't matter. No, this isn't fighter bashing, but the shots I saw Lesnar hitting him with weren't IMO worthy of tapping out to. I knew Lesnar was strong but I didn't believe he was that strong. That was until I found a copy of the fight on Youtube with the added benefit of commentary removed. I was able to hear the sound of the punches hitting Kim's melon. And they sounded like they hurt badly. Not that hard smack sound you get from a CroCop head kick, but that dull thud from your brain being jostled around with each blow. So Mr. Kim, I would like to formally apology as you are not, in fact, a wuss.
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Watch the version with Godberg's scream after the jump