Dong Hyun Kim has always relied heavily on his ground game, scoring multiple takedowns in all of his UFC wins.
Perhaps Kim has been so dependent on taking opponents to the ground because of the major holes in his striking defense. The Korean has been hit by 40 percent of strikes thrown at him, which is cause for concern heading into a bout with a knockout artist like Bahadurzada.
Bahadurzada has not had a ton of experience standing with elite opponents, but his talent is apparent, and Kim will be in serious trouble should he be forced to stand.
Kim isn't going to knock many guys out with his ground-and-pound, but he does inflict the most damage when in the top position. Nearly half of the strikes Kim has landed have been thrown while on the ground.
There's no doubt Bahadurzada will want to stay upright in order to avoid being chipped away under the stifling top game of Kim.
While Kim's only been stopped by Carlos Condit and a freak injury against Demian Maia, Bahadurzada is more than capable of finishing this fight. The Afghanistan-born welterweight has 11 career knockouts, so he certainly has the ability to put Kim away should he take advantage of one of the many holes in his opponent's striking defense.
Bahadurzada has also never been stopped with strikes, so a stand-up contest on Saturday would heavily favor him.
Overall Striking Edge: Bahadurzada