Brian Rhee, the manager and translator for UFC welterweight Dong Hyun Kim, informed members of The Underground that his fighter suffered a muscle spasm that was to blame for his loss to Demian Maia at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II.
“As they were tied up, somehow (Kim) got a muscle spasm in hi side. He told his corner that something was wrong. Kim defended Maia’s takedown attempts for a while, but by the time they got to the other side of the Octagon, he was in too much pain. The position in which the injury happened is the kind that happens in training all the time, but for some reason, it caused a severe muscle spasm in this particular time,” Rhee said. “It truly was a freak accident.”
Many thought that Kim may have suffered a broken rib when Maia went for the takedown, but it appears that wasn’t he case. Either way, Maia was awarded his first victory at welterweight since deciding to drop down from the middleweight ranks.
The defeat was just the second of Kim’s career, with the first coming by knockout against Carlos Condit back in 2011.