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Explanation surfaces for Dong Hyun Kim’s loss to Demian Maia

UFC welterweight Dong Hyun Kim suffered the second defeat of his career over the weekend at UFC 148 after a takedown by opponent Demian Maia mysteriously forced a referee’s stoppage. While some fans initially felt Kim’s rib had been injured, possibly even broken, by the impact of the landing, it appears the actual culprit involved a far less troublesome issue.

According to Kim’s manager/translator, the “Stun Gun” suffered a severe muscle spasm in what he labeled a “freak accident”.

“As they were tied up, somehow (Kim) got a muscle spasm in his side. He told his corner that something was wrong. Kim defended Maia’s takedown attempts for a while, but by the time they got to the other side of the Octagon, he was in too much pain. The position in which the injury happened is the kind that happens in training all the time, but for some reason, it caused a severe muscle spasm in this particular time,” explained Brian Rhee in a post on The Underground.

Kim is not expected to miss any additional time as a result of the condition.

The situation may have resulted in Kim’s second stumble in his last three outings, but with the loss coming by way of injury rather than from a performance-related matter it’s hard to fault the South Korean competitor for coming up short in the bout.

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6 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    That sucks, freak things happens sometimes though, hopefully he can get a fight quickly and make up for it

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Strange. It looked to me that he’d fallen on his own fist and either injured a rib or hit himself in the solar plexus. Wonder if his weight cut made him more susceptible to the spasm.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I had Stun gun as my pick to win the fight because I know Maia is stubborn when it comes to keeping it standing… sucky way to lose a high profile fight.

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  • Rich S. says:

    It’s a real shame he lost.

    Way I see it, Stun Gun beats Maia 9 times out of 10.. Figures the one loss would be a freak injury..

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  • Screenplaya says:

    Like Rece, I had Stun Gun in this fight because Maia has recently been a follower of the vaunted “Jorge Gurgel” School of Stupidity, not using his world-class jits in favor of rudimentary striking. Seems like he might have learned his lesson and wants to be the 170-pound king of jiu-jitsu. That is nothing but good for the game, IMO.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    tap out due to cramp

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