Tyron Woodley got back on track with a huge TKO victory over Dong Hyun Kim just 61 seconds into the first round in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 48. The #4 ranked welterweight improves to 4-2 inside the Octagon and rebounds from a lacklustre performance against Rory MacDonald in his last outing.
The 32 year-old now puts himself back in contention for a title shot after defeating a highly ranked Dong Hyun Kim, who came into the fight with four straight victories. While Kim remains a top fighter, he also leaves a lot of holes in his game, and Woodley exploited this after ‘Stun Gun’ attempted a spinning attack, getting caught with a counter and getting finished on the ground.
Check out the play-by-play for the fight below.
The first of two fights that I have been waiting all morning for. The much improved Dong Hyun Kim faces a Tyron Woodley looking to get back on track, who steps in for the injured Hector Lombard. While Woodley looked poor against MacDonald, he has recently been on fire. #4 Woodley meets #10 Kim in this fun contest.
Round 1 – Wow they go at it straight away, Kim landed but Woodley’s counter was the more effective strike. Woodley gets the clinch, Kim landing short shots as Tyron controls the South Korean. Little action from this position. They separate. Kim going for a spinning attack but Woodley with a huge right counter mid-spin! He drops Kim! And follows up to force the stoppage! That was absolutely huge. Woodley needed that badly, and he has a huge win.
Result: Woodley via TKO (punches) at 1:01 in first round.
That is why Tyron Woodley is so dangerous, and his loss to MacDonald is a distant memory after that blitz. That is Kim’s first loss in five.
Absolutely brilliant stuff in the post-fight interview from Woodley, who says it is his 4-year anniversary, promises her a proper wedding with the money made. Then he offers Dong Hyun Kim the opportunity to talk to the crowd. Very humble stuff.
You can see the play-by-play for the full event here on Cage Pages. The results, as they stand, can be seen below.
Tyron Woodley def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (punches) at 1:01 in first round.
Zhang Lipeng def. Brendan O’Reilly via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Ning Guangyou def. Jianping Yang via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Wang Sai def. Danny Mitchell via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Alberto Mina def. Shinsho Anzai via TKO (punches) at 4:17 in first round.
Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:06 in first round.
Colby Covington def. Wang Anying via submission (strikes) at 4:50 in first round.
Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui via split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30).
Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).