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Hatsu Hioki Officially Signs with the UFC

Posted on by Damon Martin

Hatsu Hioki

Hatsu Hioki

It’s been a long time coming, but Hatsu Hioki has finally signed a multi-fight to compete in the UFC.

UFC officials made the announcement on Saturday.

Hioki (24-4-2) makes his move to the UFC after competing for the last several years between promotions like Sengoku and Shooto in Japan.

Considered one of the top 145lb fighters in the world, Hioki gave up his Shooto title last month, which pre-empted the rumors that he would soon be a UFC fighter.

Hioki traveled to the U.S. in June for UFC 131 and worked at the TriStar gym in Montreal while negotiating with the UFC.

Now he’s officially headed to the Octagon.

No date has been announced regarding his UFC debut, but Hioki will likely jump right into the deep end of the division after winning his last 4 fights in a row.


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  • shakejunt

    have him fight florian

  • dp20012000

    He’s gonna get eaten alive:-)) Almost all the fighters from Japan fail in the U.S. Don’t even get started, because fans can go back and forth but they’ve all failed. You can’t count guys like A. Silva, W. Silva or the others from Brazil. By the way, I love watching Dream, Sengoku, K-1 and Shooto.