UFC signs Korean Top Team ACE

South Korea is becoming the powerhouse of fighters in Asia. Announced today, Korean Top Team’s Lim “The Ace” HyunGyu is the latest prospect to be picked up by the UFC for a four-fight contract. His first bout is yet to be decided; it is still possible he may be on the UFC’s first card in Macau, China to be held this November 10th.

Lim joins teammates Jung “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung and Yang “The Ox” Dongi on the world stage following three straight years of wins, two of which were in the Pacific Xtreme Combat promotion based in Guam. He has not let any of those fights get out of the first round. At 187 cm and 88kg, Lim recently claimed the PXC Welterweight Championship by first round submission victory over Ryan Bigler. Prior to the PXC, he fought in M-1, DEEP and Heat Japan.

Here is fight vid against Lucio Linhares


The Korean Zombie has high praises for his teammate, as quoted from this Bloody Elbow interview:

“There are a lot of talented fighters in Korea right now. If I had to choose one guy, I’d say it’s Hyun Gyu Lim. He’s another member of Korean Top Team who fights at welterweight. He’s really big and long, especially for a WW. He’s huge and really skilled all around. He’s probably the best all around fighter on our team, myself and Dongi Yang included! His fights are always exciting and he’s had 4 straight 1st-round KOs. Hopefully he’ll get the call from the UFC soon.”

As to once being called the rising star of KTT, Lim’s teammate The Ox also had high praises:

“No, I don’t think I’m a secret weapon,” Yang admitted. “The real secret weapon at Korean Top Team is Hyun Gyu Lim. He’s one of our welterweights and he’s really incredible. He’s huge for a welterweight and his all around game may be the best in all of Korean MMA right now. He recently beat Ross Ebanez at PXC in the Philippines and we’re hoping that he’ll be joining us in UFC soon.”

Can't wait for this dude to come to the UFC and wreck shop. Very exciting fighter, will give GSP a run for his money.

I always root for any Asian fighter. KOREAN TOP TEAM!!! Phone Post

Lim's reach is awesome. The first right cross totally surprised Linares (check the youtube link in OP) because Lim seemed to be out of range.

they're comparing him to Jon Jones because of his long reach and power.

82 inch reach for a WW damn if he can would like to see him at 185 though


Pancake Syrup - 82 inch reach for a WW damn if he can would like to see him at 185 though

 His reach is actually 79" inches. There were some miscalculations from centimeters to inches, hence the misunderstanding about the 82".

Interesting signing. Let's see how he does when he faces a top 50 WW.

These guys are starting to get heard now, awesome for asian mma, surprised the asian mma revival has come from korea but its still awesome, hope this guy goes far looks legit Phone Post

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This kid is legit Phone Post