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.