For the first time in his UFC career, he's not the one trying to figure out how to deal with the jet lag that invariably comes from traveling halfway around the globe to fight in a cage.
Kim believes that could prove a real advantage in his UFC on FUEL TV 6 bout with Paulo Thiago (14-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC), and he's hoping a good performance will lead to an even bigger opportunity: a chance to represent the UFC in his native land.
"This is the first time (in my UFC career) for me to ever fight in Asia, so that really means a lot to me," Kim said through a translator. "I think going into this match, if I do well, I'm hoping that will go right into potentially doing a UFC match in Korea next year."
"I don't have to really adjust to the time difference like I do when I go to Las Vegas, so I'm sleeping well," Kim said. "For me, personally, I think … [Thiago] is going to have a really uphill battle. I think for him fighting in Asia for the first time, he has to overcome the jet lag and the time differences."
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