“Freak Accident” Not Broken Rib Stopped Dong Hyun Kim Against Demian Maia
It seems that it was a muscle spasm caused by a “freak accident” rather than a broken rib, which ended the night for Korean Dong Hyun Kim in his welterweight match against Demian Maia at UFC 148 over the weekend.
Kim went down after 47 seconds in the opening round from a Maia throw, clutching his ribs. The fight ended immediately after the Korean was seemingly unable to defend himself.
At the time there was speculation that he had broken his rib, but that has now been dispelled by comments from his translator, Brian Rhee, who visited him in hospital. According to Rhee (and as reported by Fighters Only magazine):
“The injury actually occurred about 30 seconds into the fight when the fighters were on the opposite side [from where the fight ended] of the Octagon. Maia had one of Stun Gun's legs, which is a position that he actually likes. As they were tied up, somehow Stun Gun 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,” he wrote.
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 this particular time. It truly was a freak accident. It's a terrible way to lose a fight and Stun Gun is really bummed out about it. I'm sure he'll be back and going strong soon enough, though!
The victory over Kim was Maia’s first as a welterweight. He had been looking to cement his name after losing his last middleweight fight to Chris Weidman.
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