The UFC officially announced during Friday’s weigh-ins that a welterweight match between Matt Brown and Dong Hyun Kim, which had been scheduled for the preliminary portion of the card, has now been promoted to the televised portion of tonight’s UFC 88 the pay-per-view broadcast. The bout will air as the show’s opener.
The decision was necessitated after welterweight bout between Karo Parisyan and Yoshiyuki Yohsida was scratched from tonight’s UFC 88 pay-per-view telecast due to a back injury sustained by Parisyan.
After spending years on the regional scene competing on smaller shows through the Midwest, East Coast, and down South, Brown got his big break at exposure when he was selected to appear on the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
The respect Brown commanded from the other members of the cast was a strong theme during the course of the season and it helped establish him as a favorite of many regular viewers of TUF. Despite losing to eventual TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah in the quarterfinals, Brown caught the eye of UFC officials and was scheduled to fight in the live season finale of the show this past June against Matt Arroyo.
Returning to his regular weight class of 170 pounds, Brown was able to finish the fellow TUF alum via TKO at 3:40 of round 1 in a non-televised fight.
Kim, who is a native of South Korea, is undefeated in his professional MMA career with a record of 10-0-1. After debuting in the Korean-based Spirit MC promotion in 2004, Kim found himself competing in Japan’s DEEP promotion by 2006. On May 24 of this year at UFC 84 he made his UFC debut by defeating Jason Tan via TKO at 0:25 of round 3.