Dong Hyun Kim dominated Paulo Thiago in their welterweight bout at UFC Macao on Saturday.
Kim prohibited Thiago from mounting any type of offense, imposing his will through grappling with scores of 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27.
Kim went for a takedown in the first round, worked it against some aggressive defense, but finally got the fight to the ground. He secured Thiago's back, and continued to work strikes from that position as he tried to secure the neck. The majority of the round showed Kim in this position and he nearly got the choke, but time expired.
After a scramble to the ground in the opening minute of the second round, Thiago secured Kim's arm and continued to attempt a kimura. The hold was released, however, and Kim stayed in top position. The Korean fighter worked to secure a D'Arce choke, but couldn't finish before the round ended.
The final round spent more time on the feet. Thiago was visibly exhausted, and Kim moved forward for a clinch. Thiago gave up his back and the fight went to the ground. The Brazilian fighter had no answer for his opponent's grappling, and the fight stayed on the ground as Kim landed several punches. He transitioned to mount and put an exclamation point on his performance by landing several double hammer fists.
Kim gets back on the winning track after dropping his last fight to Demian Maia, while Paulo Thiago drops his second fight in a row.
Erik Fontanez is an MMA writer and reporter for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow Erik on Twitter at @Erik_Fontanez
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