Dong Hyun Kim is going to main-event a UFC event for the second time in his career this November, but he will do so in hostile enemy territory.
Kim is set to take on Gunnar Nelson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but Kim embraces the kind of atmosphere he is anticipating — he thinks it gives him the advantage to do what he wants to do.
“It’s my mentality that will bring me victory,” Kim said, via FloCombat. “I’m stronger when I fight my opponents on their own turf, because I think it’s easier to ruin another man’s party rather than safeguarding your own. There will be no one that will want my victory at Belfast, and I will throw a wet blanket on their party and just quietly come home with my fight money.
“That kind of loud and passionate atmosphere can be both an advantage and a weakness,” Kim said. “There’s enormous pressure towards the fight, so I personally prefer to fight at enemy’s turf. I don’t know exactly how Gunnar is, but my feeling is that he’s not the type that fully enjoys that kind of attention like Conor McGregor.”
Kim thinks he can earn the crowd’s respect by the end though, even if they are not happy to see him win.
“The kind of know-how learned from fighting relentlessly for the last nine years doesn’t just go away, and I believe it will come into play at the most needed moment. I’ll probably walk into the Octagon with a lot of booing, but if I put up a good fight, I will win their respect and I know they will be clapping as I walk out.”