In a UFC 141 preliminary bout between two welterweight fighters hoping to rebound from recent knockout losses, Dong Hyun Kim (14-1) will take on Sean Pierson (11-5). The bout will be available for free on Facebook before the televised card and pay-per-view event.
Kim is coming off his first-round KO loss versus Carlos Condit. Before that loss, the Korean standout was undefeated and 5-0 in the UFC, with victories over TJ Grant, Matt Brown and Nate Diaz.
Pierson was last seen getting knocked out by the hard-punching welterweight contender, Jake Ellenberger, at UFC 129. That came after a very exciting fight against Matt Riddle.
Kim is the more experienced of the two, but he might not be the most dangerous in terms of punching power. If there is one area where Pierson holds an advantage, it's on the feet. Six of Pierson's 11 victories have come by KO.
If Kim is able to do what he has done to most of his opponents, he should be able to get Pierson down and control him on the ground. The experienced judoka is regarded as one of the better grapplers in the sport, and while Pierson does hold a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the advantage has to go to Kim.
A three-round decision is probably in the works for this bout, and although it might not be exciting, Kim still remains a very good welterweight fighter, and one that will have improved more after his loss than after any of his victories. Expect to see a much better fighter and one that might be more willing to go for the finish now that his record is no longer perfect.
Prediction: Dong Hyun Kim defeats Sean Pierson by Unanimous Decision.
The pay-per-view main card will be broadcast at 10 p.m. ET and feature a main event between former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.
In the co-main event, Nate Diaz will take on Donald Cerrone in a lightweight bout that could possibly determine the next contender in the division.