In the main event at UFC Fight Night Macao, Dong Hyun Kim (18-2-1(1) MMA; 9-2(1) UFC) squares off with John Hathaway (17-1 MMA; 7-1 UFC). This five round Welterweight fight headlines the four fight main card. The UFC Rankings have Kim as the #11 contender at Welterweight, while Hathaway is unranked. UFC Fight Night Macao airs this Saturday, March 1 with a fight time of 8:00 a.m. ET / 5:00 a.m. PT for the main card. The show airs in a live stream at UFC Fight Pass.
This show is part of the UFC's ongoing efforts to tap into foreign markets and to use their new Fight Pass channel to show regional shows live. The result is an early 8 am start time for a card heavy on local talent. Since the show doubles as the Finale for The Ultimate Fighter: China, it's definitely a show catered only to the most hardcore fan. That said, Kim vs. Hathaway is an interesting match between two underrated potential top 10 fighters both looking to move up the ranks.
How do these two stack up?
Kim: 32 years old | 6'1" | 76" reach
Hathaway: 26 years old | 6'1" | 76" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Dong Hyun Kim is now a 6 year UFC veteran with 10 years of MMA experience. Throughout his UFC run, he's consistently been in there against top quality opposition. Yet through it all, he only has one definitive loss (a 2011 flying knee KO at the hands of Carlos Condit). An experienced judoka, Kim is currently on a three fight win streak and coming off his first stoppage win since 2008. Kim has never quite cleared the hurdle to title contender, and this fight won't get him there either, but if he keeps winning, it will be tough to deny him that spot.
English fighter John Hathaway has a similar run of success in the UFC, with just one loss to veteran Mike Pyle. Prior to that loss, he scored career-high wins over Rick Story and Diego Sanchez. But his recent years have seen him struggle to gain any momentum. He's on a three fight win streak, however that includes a year long gap in 2011 and a 17 month gap he is returning from here. If he can stay healthy, he has the potential to make a run in the division, but this is easily his toughest fight since the Sanchez fight four years ago.
Why should you care?
While this is not a spectacular card all around, this is a good main event between two well matched opponents. Should be a quality fight.