UFC 207 Results: Kim scores split-decision over Saffieidine in close bout
<p>#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).</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>The split-decision win marks the third in a row for Kim, who is now 7-1 in his last eight fights.</p>
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.