KAMMA Bantamweight Champion Dae Hwan Kim was born in a small farming town in the southern part of South Korea, but moved to Seoul when he was in high school. He was a gifted athlete even as a youth, winning a national gold medal in taekwondo, a discipline in which he now holds a fourth-degree black belt.
Upon completing his mandatory national military service, Kim began training to compete in the cage at his brother’s martial arts dojo, and soon made his cage debut in 2008 at age 21, entering and winning a one-night eight-man tournament. He went on to amass an undefeated 8-0-1 start in regional Korean promotions, which earned him a contract with ONE Championship in 2013.
After two impressive wins, Kim challenged reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes for his belt, but was ultimately unsuccessful, suffering the first loss of his career in the process. He has since rebounded with several impressive stoppage wins, and is determined to make another run at the coveted World Title.