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.