Now that BJ Penn and Jon Fitch have both been forced off of the impending UFC 132 fight card, welterweights Carlos Condit and Dong Hyun Kim will now face off in a welterweight match up at the event.
The UFC announced the match up via their official Twitter account: “New bout for ufc 132 – @carloscondit vs @stungunkim”
Condit was rumored to be stepping in for Fitch to take on Penn, but will now be looking for his fourth win in a row against Kim. After a shaky start in the promotion which saw him drop a close decision to Martin Kampmann and then face very stiff tests in Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald before drastically improving his stock at 170lbs. by dramatically knocking out hard-headed British brawler Dan Hardy at UFC 120. The first round knockout of Hardy — which went down in October — marked the last time that Condit has appeared in the cage. The last reigning WEC welterweight champ’s pro record currently sits at 26-5.
South Korean judo specialist Dong Hyun Kim will also put together a four-fight winning streak should he defeat Condit. Stun Gun has utilized his impressive strength and dominant, if not slightly less-than-exciting grappling attack, to rattle off unanimous decision wins over TJ Grant, Amir Sadollah, and, most recently, Nate Diaz. Kim’s pro record stands at 14-0-1. He lost a split decision to Karo Parisyan in 2009 which was overturned after The Heat tested positive for banned painkillers following the bout.
UFC 132 is scheduled for July 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champ Dominick Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber.