Though it’s never a good thing to be choked out cold in the first frame, Kimura’s stumble against Gagnon was the first of his career and probably a good thing in terms of his long term development. He’s young and hungry, so he’ll no doubt hit the gym hard and polish his game in hopes of avoiding a similar circumstance. There are lots of bantamweights to choose from, though Kimura would probably benefit from an adversary with similar experience rather than a seasoned veteran. Vaughan Lee could be a solid option, especially given his past struggles with submission specialists.
Last Saturday night wasn’t the end of the world for any fighter who exited UFC 165 as a loser. However, coming up short at the event could mark the end of said athlete’s employment in the UFC depending on how action unfolded in Toronto. With the show in the books, it’s time to take a look at exactly how bleak the future is for the men whose stock took a hit in defeat. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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