Dong Hyun Kim was touted as a hot prospect in the UFC Welterweight division, and he seemed about a win or two away from a title crack at Georges St-Pierre, but then something happened...or to specify it a little bit clearer, something stunned The Stun-Gun.
If you'd like specifics, it was a wicked knee from current UFC 137 headliner Carlos Condit, The Natural Born Killer of New Mexico, that stunned Kim, and it help set up some very spectacular stages, one of which is Kim's next challenge at UFC 141 against equally touted prospect Sean Pierson.
Mind you, a UFC 129 win might not have landed Pierson in front of Jake Ellenberger or Diego Sanchez, but in his own respect, Pierson was seen as a prospect with promise and potential behind him.
Both men are coming off loses, but with the UFC trying its heart out to pencil in a trip to Japan for a UFC return to the Land of The Rising Sun, it does not help the efforts if Kim--one of the three Korean-bred fighters on the roster--loses his upcoming fight and somehow subjects Korean MMA fighters to the same perception already perceived by fighters who were seen no less than Top 3 in the sport during their trail in the JMMA scene, yet seemed to fade out as the went Stateside.
To answer the titular proposition, it is as possible as a Pierson win over Kim for Kim to earn himself a victory over the Canadian fighter in the last UFC event of 2011, but in a sport where men have taken unanimous decisions by cage-walk head kicks, where seasoned-by-time faces have extended unbeaten streaks at the expense of current champions, where legends have fallen to mediocre-at-best talent, and where fighters have been boldly seen as "greatest of all time" thanks to an unprecedented number of successful title defenses, Kim is not by any means in a fight that he cannot lose legitimately, and neither is Pierson.
Yes, Kim can use his Judo, his striking, and his overall ground abilities to convincingly drop Pierson down two rungs at most, but Kim can guarantee one truth to himself and his supporters, and that truth is this:
If Kim does rebound from the Condit loss and wins, it won't matter if the judges have something to do with the win or not, because MMA fans know that it will not be easy--especially against a man with the potential of Pierson.