UFC Picks: Dong Hyun Kim vs. John Hathaway

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:32 PM GMT

The UFC continues its global reach and this time the Octagon sets down in Macao, China featuring a pair of talented welterweights that we will include in our UFC picks on Saturday, March 1st.

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Overview:

I don't know about you but I find anything but the UFC PPV events (which always have the letters UFC followed by the next sequential number after the last PPV event) a bit difficult to figure out if they are on TV and if so, what channel. I realize FOX has dibs on the really good matches that anyone can see as long as they have a television set and a pair of working eyeballs but unfortunately those are only featured every quarter. I can't wait three months to get my UFC on so therefore I turn to Fox Sports 1 also known as FS1 I believe. But they have numbers after their events as well and so too does FOX. 

It's all a bit confusing and when I researched this card for my UFC picks I couldn't even find a number attached to this UFC Fight Night (isn't it supposed to be 37?) and perhaps that is because the only people that can see this event on TV are the Chinese Politburo members. That's because the action all takes place in the gambling mecca of the East - Macao - which joins Monte Carlo as the most exotic venue to get down early and get down often. 

So without further ado, let's take a look at the headliner of this card that none of us will view live but perhaps we can still make a few bucks on it as we troll the web looking for the round by round results.

Dong Hyun Kim (18-2-1, 7 KO's, 1 Sub) vs. John Hathaway (17-1, 5 KO's, 4 Subs)

I'm not sure Dong Hyun Kim gets enough respect. The man has toiled successfully in the UFC for almost six years and he's really only lost one professional fight which was off a spectacular flying knee executed immaculately by one of the best welterweights in the world, Carlos Condit. The other loss was due to a muscle spasm he suffered in the first round against the sublimely talented mat master Demian Maia. Would he have defeated Maia if he had not spasmed out? Only a rematch will tell the tale. 

Stun Gun's opponent in Macao will be a 26-year-old talent looking to crack the top ten in the division. Kim is hanging around as the gatekeeper to that promised land as the eleventh ranked welterweight in the UFC and will undoubtedly be a litmus test to see if Hitman Hathaway is a contender or a pretender. Hathaway made his bones as a freestyle wrestler but has a bit of dynamite in his gloves to keep his opponents honest. I'm not sure he is Kim's equal on the mat but his four submissions are three more than Kim's.

Free UFC Pick:

Take a look at Hathaway's record since he made the jump to the major leagues of MMA. He is no doubt successful with a 7-1 record since 2009 in the UFC but with the exception of a TKO in the first round over the forgettable Tom Egan in his UFC debut, Hathaway has won by unanimous decision on five occasions, earned one split decision over Kris McCray (who by the way was bounced out of the UFC after that fight) and lost to UFC veteran Mike Pyle by UD.

The bottom line here is that Kim's pedigree is too much and his experience with top echelon fighters will give him an enormous edge in this fight. Watch Kim control the action as the fight falls to the ground and wind up with a unanimous decision to silence the Hitman.

In my UFC picks I intend to bet Kim at WilliamHill.com.