Kikuno to the UFC

The UFC will add another veteran Japanese fighter to its roster
as DREAM and DEEP veteran Katsunori Kikuno has signed a deal with
the promotion.

Sources close to the fighter’s camp confirmed to FOX Sports on
Monday that Kikuno recently signed with the UFC and will debut
sometime in the coming months.

A veteran of more than 30 professional fights, Kikuno has been a
mainstay on the Japanese fight scene for the past eight years
competing against some of the best lightweights in the world. He is
a former DEEP lightweight champion and the 2009 DEEP lightweight
tournament champion as well.

Kikuno grew up with a karate discipline and trained his MMA
under former UFC fighter Tsuyoshi Kosaka, who some might remember
as the first fighter to ever hand Fedor Emelianenko a loss in his
career.

Kikuno is a dangerous striker with dynamite in his hands, and
currently rides a five fight win streak with four of those ending
by either TKO or submission. He could be a major addition to the
UFC’s roster as they continue to expand further into Asia in
2014.