One is a legend of the sport in Japan. He has competed in PRIDE, DREAM and Strikeforce. His record speaks for itself and he is loved by fans all around Asia and the world. The other is a vicious fighter who has brutal stand up and has competed extensively in DEEP and DREAM. Now, it is rumored that both of them will be stepping up and signing contracts to compete in the UFC.
Sources close to the situation have informed us at TFN that Katsunori Kikuno and Tatsuya Kawajiri are close to signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. We’ve been informed that both guys have agreed to contracts and that it is merely a case of completing the paperwork.
If you don’t really know who Tatsuya Kawajiri is, then there’s a high chance you’re not a real fan of Asian MMA. He’s faced the best of the best including Gilbert Melendez, Caol Uno, Shinya Aoki and Josh Thompson. Kawajiri is known for being a well rounded fighter with knockout power as well as a great ground game. He’s currently on a 5 fight win streak and has only lost twice in his last 12 fights. He’s fought in every major organization except the UFC.
Katsunori Kikuno has been on a tear in the Japanese MMA scene as of late, picking up 3 wins in 2013 alone. He’s a karate expert with dangerous standup. More than half his wins have come via KO/TKO. At only 31 years of age, Kikuno is a seasoned veteran who has been competing since 2005 in promotions such as DEEP, DREAM and ZST.
The signing of these two Japanese stars would be a huge addition to the UFC’s roster, bearing in mind of the promotion’s plans to infiltrate the Asian market. With shows scheduled in Japan, Macau and Singapore, don’t be surprised if you see them debut in the Octagon real soon. We’ll keep you up to date on more details of this situation as we receive it. Stay tuned right here on TFN.