UFC 132 Preview: Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim

nullUFC 132 will let us know who the next great contender in the UFC welterweight division may be.

Carlos Condit and Dong Hyun Kim are both knocking on the door of top-5 contender status, so their clash this Saturday night will show us which one is ready for the next step.

Here is a breakdown of both fighters heading into this contest.

Carlos Condit (26-5) – Condit is a solid all-around fighter. He is known mostly for his grappling, but has since really shown some improved striking, both in terms of power and technique. His KO of Dan Hardy sent a big message to the division and put him in line to contend for the title with another big one. While Kim isn’t known much around the country, he is unbeaten, and would be a big win for Condit.

Dong Hyun Kim (14-0-1) – Kim is a judo grappler that is very big for a 170-pound fighter. He has really been a tough opponent for people to figure out due to his strength and grappling ability. He has won his last three fights, including victories over Nate Diaz and Amir Sadollah. Though he hasn’t finishing most opponents, he has done enough to clearly win fights.

Who Will Win: Kim has the ability to take a punch and keep moving forward, so I see this being a bad matchup for Condit. I don’t think Condit will be able to win the grappling battle with Kim. With Kim being the bigger fighter, I see Condit struggling to get off his back when the fight hits the ground and that will allow Kim to get another decision victory.


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