On Saturday, Dustin Kimura will find himself in unfamiliar territory when he steps into the Octagon. No, I'm not referring to the fact that he will be fighting in Singapore for the first time in his career. What will be different for Kimura will be the fact that he will enter the fight coming off a loss, something he has never experienced before.
Kimura joined the UFC in 2013, stopping Chico Camus via rear naked choke at UFC 156. That win ran Kimura's record to 10-0 as a professional. In his next bout, Kimura faced Mitch Gagnon at UFC 165. That fight ended at the 4:05 mark of Round 1 when Gagnon locked on a guillotine choke and put Kimura to sleep.
Kimura discussed that loss with MMAJunkie radio in the days leading up to his UFC Fight Night 34 contest against Jon Delos Reyes. "It lit a fire under my ass. I went to the gym with a chip on my shoulder after that. I never want to get my ass kicked again. It's been the most motivating thing that's ever happened to me. It was super motivating and humbling."
Reyes will make his UFC debut in Singapore, and while the 7-2 fighter may be an unknown commodity to most fans, he is not unknown to Kimura, "I've seen him fight before, he's a scrappy dude from Guam, and I know it's going to be fireworks."
Kimura said his goal for the fight is to take home the Fight of the Night bonus while looking to finish the fight. Nine of Kimura's 10 wins have come via stoppage. He has seven submissions and two knockouts to his name. The only decision on Kimura's record came in November 2010.
Reyes has never gone the distance in victory. Four of his wins have come via submission with the other three coming by knockout. He has gone the distance once, dropping a unanimous decision to Kyle Aguon in 2008.
Kimura and Reyes will fight on the preliminary portion of the UFC Fight Night 34 fight card.
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