UFC welterweight Dong Hyun Kim got back on the winning track with a dominant performance over Sean Pierson at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem. Kim, who's only lost once in his four year UFC career, was completely smoked by Carlos Condit in his last outing at UFC 132 and needed a dominant win to get back in the title hunt.
Kim did what he needed to do against Pierson, taking all three rounds on all three judges cards. Kim landed a couple of his trade mark judo throws, but the highlight of the fight was a leaping front kick that caught Pierson on the chin in the second round. A staggered Pierson managed to survive the round, but after that he was never really back in the fight.
It was the fifth decision win for Kim in his UFC career. He hasn't scored a definitive finish since beating Jason Tan by TKO back in 2008. Look for Kim to feature prominently if the UFC returns to Asia after their Japanese event at UFC 144.
As for Pierson, he drops to 1-2 in the UFC following the loss. He was knocked out by Jake Ellenberger at UFC 129 following a decision win over Matt Riddle at UFC 124. Don't be shocked if Pierson is soon cut by the organization.
Look for Kim to get matched up with someone like Rick Story, Jake Ellenberger or maybe even Jon Fitch following the win. With champion Georges St. Pierre out and Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit fighting for the interim title, the division is as wide open as its been in years.