UFC 148 Results Recap: Dong Hyun Kim Vs. Demian Maia

Demian Maia pounds on Dong Hyun Kim during UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting.

In a Welterweight fight at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II, Demian Maia defeated Dong Hyun Kim. The fight ended quickly, as Maia scored a TKO win due to injury after just 47 seconds. This was Maia's Welterweight debut, and he is now 16-4 overall. Kim drops to 15-2-1(1), and after starting his career with an impressive undefeated streak, has now lost 2 of his last 3.

Before the fight, I asked if Maia would return to his superb jiu jitsu roots in order to revitalize his career. And, in what little we saw, it looked like that was exactly the plan. Forgoing the striking game he has used lately, Maia went straight for the takedown and back control. At first, Kim kept him at bay with some nice elbows, but when Maia slammed him down, Kim was clearly injured and the fight stopped. No details are out yet, but it certainly looked like a broken rib.

What was the high spot of this fight?

Seeing Maia aggressively use his jiu jitsu was fantastic, and what I've been looking for from him in recent outings. Let's hope he keeps that up at 170.

Where do these guys go from here?

It was a weird win for sure, but Maia is now 1-0 at Welterweight and has already defeated a notable name. I say move him up the ladder quickly. A showdown with Diego Sanchez sounds pretty great to me.

Kim needs a win badly next time out. He could face a lower level opponent, but I think it's a bit of a waste and that he should still be in there with more upper level guys. Who he faces depends a bit on how long he's out for, but when he's back, someone like Paulo Thiago makes sense.

Watch it now, later or never?

Later. The ending is weird, but Maia's grappling focus and Kim's solid efforts to avoid it are both worth your time.


More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 148 in the full entry.

UFC 148 Results: Rashad Evans Asks To Fight Anderson Silva - Tim Burke

UFC 148 Results: Chael Sonnen Reveals Himself Again In Defeat Against Anderson Silva - David Castillo

UFC 148 Results: What's Next For The Main Card Fighters - Tim Burke

UFC 148 Video: Post-Fight Interviews With Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin, Cung Le, More - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results And Video: Dana White Furious With Forrest Griffin - Josh Nason

UFC 148 Results: Sunday Perspective - T.P. Grant

UFC 148 Results: The Legal Gray Area Of Anderson Silva's Knee On Chael Sonnen - KJ Gould

UFC 148 Results: Second Place Sonnen Found A Way To Lose - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results And Payouts: $6.5 Million Gate Sets New Record, Tito Ortiz Tops In Fighter Pay - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results: Winners And Losers - Tim Burke

UFC 148: Silva Vs. Sonnen II Results And Post Fight Analysis - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 148 Video: Forrest Griffin Explains Behavior Dana White Calls 'Professional Suicide' - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148: Anderson Silva Vs. Chael Sonnen Video Highlights - Tim Burke

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 183: UFC 148 Results Review - Matt Bishop

UFC 148 Post-Fight Press Conference Video And Coverage - Tim Burke

UFC 148: Silva Vs. Sonnen II - Live Results And Play-By-Play For Pay-Per-View - Brent Brookhouse


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