UFC 207 Results: Kim scores split-decision over Saffieidine in close bout

#9 ranked welterweight Dong Hyun Kim faced #12 ranked Tarec Saffiedine in the second fight on the UFC 207 main card. Kim won the bout via split-decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28).

At the opening bell, Kim came out aggressive and the two immediately began exchanging boxing combinations. After eating a couple clean counters from Saffiedine, Kim initiated a clinch and was then taken down with a trip. Kim managed to get back to his feet where he continued to press forward in the stand-up. Saffiedine was able to find a home for several counters while moving backwards.

The second round was largely a continuation of the first which saw Kim pushing forward, landing the occasional looping right hand as Saffiedine remained cautious, picking his shots on the outside.

Immediately at the start of the third round, the two began trading wild combinations including a heavy uppercut by Kim and a head-kick by Saffiedine. The fight then transitioned to a clinch where Saffiedine found a home for a couple short elbows. Kim then began attempting to take Saffiedine down against the cage but was unable to keep him on the ground for more than a couple seconds before he stood back up. The rest of the fight was a grueling, back-and-forth battle of striking exchanges mixed in with takedown attempts from both fighters.

The split-decision win marks the third in a row for Kim, who is now 7-1 in his last eight fights.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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