Kikuno vs Mulhern meet in Singapore

A new fight is being added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night card

headed to Singapore on Jan. 4 as Katsunori Kikuno will make his

Octagon debut against former Strikeforce competitor Quinn


Sources close to the fight confirmed to FOX Sports that verbal

agreements are in place for the upcoming lightweight matchup.

A former champion of the DEEP promotion in Japan, Kikuno signed

with the UFC just recently and comes into the promotion riding a

five-fight win streak.

A veteran of more than 25 fights, Kikuno has faced some stiff

competition over the years fighting in various promotions in and

around Asia including DREAM and DEEP for the biggest part of his


Now he will get the biggest test possible as he debuts in the

UFC at 32 years of age looking to make an immediate impact in the

lightweight division.

Welcoming Kikuno to the UFC will be Quinn Mulhern, who makes his

second appearance in the promotion after debuting at welterweight

earlier this year. Mulhern lost in his initial fight in the UFC

against Rick Story, but now fighting at a more natural weight he

will look to rebound when he faces Kikuno in January.

The UFC Fight Night card in Singapore hasn’t officially been

announced by the promotion, but they are expected to travel to the

area for the first time ever in January in a show headlined by

welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Tarec Saffiedine.