A first impression is always important to a spectator. It is the image that sets the tone of how an individual is perceived as time progresses. Featherweight Dustin Kimura is hoping to make a good first impression on UFC fans, and he’ll get his chance at UFC 156.

A native of Hawaii who comes into the company with an undefeated professional record of 9-0, Kimura’s knockout performance against Japanese mainstay Guy Delumeau garnered him an extra measure of attention. He dominated all of his opponents on the regional circuit, earning six submission wins and two via some form of knockout. That’s a showcase of talent that clearly reveals his potential, thus making him a suitable candidate for taking on the best 145-pound contenders the UFC has to offer.

Kimura (R) works for a choke (James Meinhardt/Sherdog)

“I am a fighter who finishes opponents,” Kimura, who has only gone the distance once over his nine outings, told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “I am not content with just winning decisions. I want there to be no doubt that I am the better fighter. I have won fights standing and won fights on the ground. I feel my being well-rounded is something that will serve me very well in the UFC.”

Training out of the Gracie Technics faction, Kimura’s rise and evolution as a mixed martial arts fighter can be credited to the high-level training he undergoes with the help of his teammates and coaches. This assistance eventually brings out the best in the UFC newcomer which transfers him to new fighting plateaus and makes him capable of taking on any challenge put in front of him.

“I train with great fighters like Max Holloway every day,” Kimura said. “I put in the time in the gym and just strive to be better and work harder every day. Hard work and great teammates and coaches contribute to every fighter’s success and I have great people around me.”

Kimura (top) mounts his opponent (James Meinhardt/Sherdog)

Taking all this wealth of knowledge and experience in his four-year run as a pro, Kimura has made the journey to becoming a part of the elite in world with the UFC. Not content with becoming a “flash in the pan” figure, the Hawaiian will step into the Octagon at UFC 156 against 12-3 Chico Camus, who just came off an impressive victory in his promotional debut at UFC 150 over Dustin Pague.

“Chico is very well-rounded,” Kimura admitted. “He showed in his UFC debut that he is hard to submit, and he has very good hands. I am really looking forward to showcasing my stand-up against Chico; I feel my advantage is on our feet.”

Mentally and physically prepared for the prospect out of the Roufusport camp, Kimura is hoping to use a victory as a vehicle in his pursuit for title prominence.

“This is the first step on the path to the title,” the featherweight stated. “The UFC is so deep that you have to impress right out of the gates. A victory solidifies my spot among the sport’s top fighters. I can’t wait to get in there and make it happen.”

Top Photo: Dustin Kimura (R) (James Meinhardt/Sherdog)

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Monta Wiley
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Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.