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UFC 125: Nate Diaz Vs. Dong Hyun Kim

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 125: Resolution. To access our full coverage, check the main page.

Kim walks out to the PRIDE theme, looking composed. Diaz makes his way to the cage to Tupac with his brother Nick, Jake Shields and Cesar Gracie. Yves Lavigne will ref the fight.

Round 1: They both come out slightly low. Kim tries for a kick and Diaz eggs him on. Kim with an inside leg kick. Diaz with a nice body shot. Diaz with a nice front kick. Kim goes for a takedown and Diaz looks for the kimura, Kim avoids it. Kim passes to side control. Diaz regains guard. Kim looking to posture up and drop bombs, he lands a nice right. Kim gets mount but Diaz shucks him off. Kim is stifling Diaz from on top, but Diaz is keeping him honest. Diaz lands a solid punch from on top. Diaz looking for a leg but Kim avoids and goes back to balling Diaz up on the mat. Diaz tries for a leg again and Kim avoids. Kim has Diaz’s back with one hook and Diaz rolls for a leg. He uses it to get back to his feet. scores the round 10-9 for Kim

Round 2: Kim with a nice left. Kim with a nice leg kick. Diaz with a nice combo, going to the body and head. Kim drops for a takedown and Diaz avoids. He goes for it again and lands it. Diaz immediately looking for submissions, but Kim is showing very solid grappling in recognizing and avoiding Diaz’s offense. Very nice pass out of butterfly guard by Kim, but Diaz regains full guard. Kim looking to land punches from the top. Diaz pushes Kim off with his feet but Kim gets him back down immediately. Diaz is game here, showing crafty guard work and preventing Kim from scoring very big, but Kim’s dominance is undeniable. Diaz reverses and takes Kim’s back with ten seconds to go. Kim gets to his feet, where Diaz lands a nice right hand. scores the round 10-9 for Kim

Round 3: Diaz starts it out with a jab. Kim with a grazing head kick. Diaz with a good right hand. Diaz avoids a takedown by Kim and turns it into a takedown of his own. Kim stands up and they clinch against the cage. Kim’s strength seems to be a bit too much for Diaz. Diaz landing knees from the front headlock position. Lavigne stops the action and warns Diaz for kneeing Kim while his hand is on the mat, barely. Kim rolls around on the mat but they resume after a few moments. They clinch and Kim presses him against the cage. Diaz avoids a judo toss and reverses Kim for a takedown but then Kim reverses him and ends up on top, where he looks to smother Diaz against the cage. Kim looking to take Diaz’s back, but Diaz rolls for a leg. Kim avoids. Kim tries to take Diaz down but Diaz avoids and reverses. He avoids a judo toss and lands a hard knee. Another knee, this time to the body. Diaz throwing body shots. Diaz is teeing off on Kim against the cage but the clock is winding down. scores the round 10-9 for Diaz.

A bit more time and Diaz may have finished Kim, but it may have end up being a case of too little too late.

Dong Hyun Kim defeated Nate Diaz by unanimous decision(29-28, 29-28, 29-28)