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UFC Fight Night: Woodley-Kim In Welterweight Showdown

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Tyron “The Chosen One” WoodleyMACAO, China – The UFC Fight Night will see a Top 10 welterweight showdown as Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (13-3-0) will face Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim (19-2-1) on the main card that is headlined by the Michael “The Count” Bisping (25-6-0) versus Cung Le (9-2-0) fight on Saturday in Macao, China.

Woodley is the No. 4 contender in the division for the title held by Johnny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks (16-2-0). The St. Louis, MO native has an explosive and quick fighting style that is predicated on pressure and technique that has led to major wins in recent UFC events.

After a loss in UFC 161 last June to Jake Shields (29-7-1, 1 NC) by a split decision, “The Chosen One” knocked out Josh Koscheck (19-8-0) in UFC 167 in November and followed that up with a knockout of No. 3 contender Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Conduit (29-8-0) at UFC 171 in March. These two signature wins propelled Woodley through the welterweight rankings.

Then came a disappointing loss at UFC 174 in June to No. 2 contender Rory “Ares” MacDonald (17-2-0) by a unanimous decision in which Woodley was out-struck 97-38 and was taken down once in the three round fight.

Woodley looks to rebound from the loss against a well-rounded fighter in No. 10 contender Kim. The native of South Korea displays good judo skills and has a knack for getting the takedown and is looking for his first top win in the division.

The “Stun Gun’s” last loss was at UFC 148 in July of 2012 to No. 8 contender Demian Maia (19-6-0) in which he was the victim of a first round knockout. Since the loss, Kim has strung together four consecutive wins to move into the Top 10 in the division.

Kim took back-to-back unanimous decisions against Paulo Thiago (15-7-0) and Siyar “The Great” Bahadurzada (20-6-1) in two UFC events and then got a second round knockout of Erick Silva (16-5-0, 1 NC) in October before a third round knockout of John “The Hitman” Hathaway (17-2-0) in March.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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