The main event of The Ultimate Fighter China Finale featured a welterweight bout between Dong Hyun Kim and John Hathaway. Kim and Hathaway were both looking to extend their respective win streaks to four. Kim had rallied off three straight wins against the likes of Paulo Thiago, Siyar Bahadurzada, and Erick Silva. Hathaway had beaten Kris McCray, Pascal Krauss, and John Maguire in succession. Take a look at the play-by-play and result for the fight below:
Welterweight Bout: Dong Hyun Kim (18-2-1, 1 NC) vs. John Hathaway (17-1)
Round 1: Kim opens the bout pressing forward and is throwing bobs. Hathaway throws a huge knee to Kim’s midsection, but Kim responds with a left hand that rocks Hathaway! Hathaway clinches up with Kim against the cage and takes Kim down. Fast pace to start this one. Kim back to his feet. Kim separates and throws a huge spinning back-fist. Huge punches from Kim and a hard left lands. Hathaway clinches with Kim and puts him against the cage. Kim pushes Hathaway off and we’re back to the center of the Octagon. Kim is throwing bombs but Hathaway responds with a flying knee. Hathaway clinches up with Kim and pushes him against the cage once again. Kim circles out and we’re back to the center of the cage. Kim walking down Hathaway. Kim drops Hathaway with a big left! Hathaway is getting teed off on! Kim working from Hathaway’s guard. Kim stands and stomps Hathaway’s stomach. Hathaway searching for the upkick but Kim elects to let him stand. Kim finishes the round throwing a spinning backfist that misses by about three feet. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Kim.
Round 2: Kim walking down Hathaway to start the round. Hathaway hitting some really nice knees on Kim. Kim clinches up with Hathaway and puts him against the cage. Kim exits the clinch with a strong elbow. Hathaway fires back with a huge left and flying knee! Kim comes back throwing haymakers. Hathaway clinches up and pushes Kim to the cage. Kim immediately breaks away. Hathaway shoots for a takedown but gets stuffed. Both men look tired. Nice right hand from Hathaway. Kim walking forward and eating shots from Hathaway. Kim slugs Hathaway with a left hand. Hathaway just shrugs it off and pushes Kim against the cage. Hathaway cracks Kim with a right uppercut. Hathaway pushes Kim against the cage. Kim executes a nice throw and lands directly into side-control. Kim briefly locks up the crucifix and lands about ten soft punches before Hathaway can escape. Kim lands a huge Sakuraba double punch to end the round. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Kim (20-18 Kim).
Round 3: Hathaway opens up the third with a flying knee that elicits a verbal response from Kim. Hathaway lands a hard elbow and shoots for a takedown against the cage. Kim stuffs and returns to the center of the cage. KIM PUTS HATHAWAY TO BED WITH A SPINNING BACK ELBOW OUT OF NOWHERE! THAT WAS INSANE! Hathaway is still sleeping in the middle of the cage nearly thirty seconds later. WOW!
Result: Dong Hyun Kim def. John Hathaway via Knockout (Spinning Back Elbow) at 1:02 of Round 3