Dong Hyun Kim has quietly crept up the UFC's welterweight ranks, leaving a trail of unconscious victims along the way.
OK, so "trail" might be a bit of an exaggeration, but "Stun Gun" is riding a four-fight winning streak, with the last two coming in violent fashion.
First, the South Korean blasted highly touted Brazilian prospect Erick Silva with a wild haymaker of a left and promptly finished the deed with a Donkey Kong-inspired hammerfist from Hades. This knockout was ferocious, but it was nothing compared to what he would do next.
Against John Hathaway at UFC Fight Night 37: Macau (also known as The Ultimate Fighter: China finale; also known as UFC Paid Fight Pass Experience I: The Card You Didn't Want to Wake up uo Watch), Kim unleashed a spinning elbow that landed on the button, flattening the Englishmen and sending him lifelessly to the canvas.
In a sport that is characterized by brutal finishes, this one still induced a cringe with its power and precision, and Kim enjoyed a nice spike in popularity and name recognition for his efforts.
Sound that elbow made at impact was sickeningly loud. Just brutal. Was legit worried for Hathaway. Was great to see him back up so quickly.— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) March 1, 2014
Unfortunately for Kim, the UFC's welterweight division is stacked, and many contenders are tied up in engagements within the next few months, leaving him with few immediate options.
Have no fear, though. Fun fights await the Asian grappler-turned-knockout-artist.
Click on to see the first of them.