Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
We begin the night in the welterweight division, as Marcelo Guimaraes (8-0-1) looks to remain unbeaten in his MMA career against Hyun Gyu Lim (10-3-1), who will be making his UFC debut. The referee inside the Octagon is Thomas Fan, which is not the name I was expecting when Bruce Buffer announced him.
Round 1: Lim with a reach advantage, as he is a tall welterweight. Guimaraes stuffed on his first and second takedown attempts, and Lim lands a nice body shot. Lim appears very calm for his Octagon debut, as fighting close to home is likely a large part to calming those jitters. Lim has got to be around 200 pounds right now, as he easily stuffs another takedown attempt. Lim looking to land an uppercut after finding his range, looking for a huge knockout, but it’s Guimaraes who strikes first with an uppercut/jab combo. Right now, Guimaraes has no chance to land a takedown, but he keeps trying, and eating strikes on the way up. Quick left connects from Lim as we approach a minute in the round. Wild right has no chance to connect from Guimaraes. Flying knee attempt is blocked by Guimaraes, and he scores a takedown.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lim
Round 2: Lim with a strong combo to start the round. Guimaraes catches Lim coming in and he wobbles a bit, but appears to have his bearings back. Lim doing a good job with the striking, but Guimaraes finally gets his ground game going, taking him down. Lim also has some blood pouring from under his nose area, and eats some ground-and-pound. Lim breathing heavily, as his mouth is open and Guimaraes is striking much better now. Big overhand right lands from Guimaraes, as does another left. But, out of nowhere, Lim throws a massive knee that lands and drops Guimaraes straight to the ground. This one is over, and we may have just seen the “Knockout of the Night,” and one that will be replayed over and over again. Guimaraes appeared to be ducking down for a takedown, and Lim telegraphed it, hitting the knee right to the side of the heat.
Hyun Gyu Lim def. Marceo Guimaraes via KO (knee to the head) at 4:00 of Round 2