Fans of Takanori Gomi looked on with despair as the Japanese MMA legend was knocked out in 90 seconds by Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan.
This could spell the very end of Takanori Gomi’s career. Well, it should. Gomi has now experienced five-straight first-round losses in the UFC to Myles Jury, Joe Lauzon, Jim Miller, Jon Tuck and now Dong Hyun Kim. If you’re wondering why the UFC is still holding him, well, Gomi would probably fit straight into Rizin if the UFC parted ways with him.
The win, while depressing for fans of Gomi, was a tactical display by Dong Hyun Kim who smashed the Japanese legend in only 90 seconds. It marked the second consecutive win for Kim, who now moves to 2-2 in the UFC after he scored a decision win against Brendan O’Reilly back at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.
While many fans are expecting the same Dong Hyun Kim that we saw against Polo Reyes at UFC 199 (please watch this fight), Kim employed a similar strategy to what got him over the line against Brendan O’Reilly.
Kim sat back out of range of Gomi and carefully measured the distance and readjusted everytime Gomi approached him. Gomi was, therefore, unable to step inside boxing range with Kim, who was constantly moving around the octagon.
Gomi, who was seemingly getting frustrated by having to consistently track his opponent, moved forward with a punch and into a well-timed right hand counter from “Maestro” that dropped him to the mat.
Dong Hyun Kim followed up with hammer fists, while it looked like Takanori Gomi was adequately defending the blows. Referee Steve Percival showed no regard for Gomi’s attempt to defend and called the fight over at the 1:30 mark of the first round.
The 29-year-old “Maestro” sentenced a 39-year-old, well past his prime, in front of his local fans in Japan with the first clean punch of the fight.
Fight rating: 25/100
Dong Hyun Kim
Dong Hyun Kim is fighter reborn.
He’s now patiently skipping out of range of his opponents strikes without countering them. Kim is happy to step away and reset, rather than risking his position.
When Kim lead with the jab, he was falling short. Whether it was due to the respect for Gomi’s power, or he was having trouble finding his range; it’s tough to tell in just 90 seconds.
Finish rating: 50/100
It’s the same old Takanori Gomi we’ve seen in recent years. His chin isn’t the same anymore and all it takes is one clean shot for Gomi to end up flat on his back in the middle of the octagon.