It looks like the UFC’s exploration of signing more fighters from overseas has found an addition as former Dream and Sengoku veteran Michihiro Omigawa has re-signed with the promotion and is set to face Chad Mendes in early 2011.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Thursday. Versus.com initially reported the fight.
Omigawa (12-8-1) returns to the UFC after an unsuccessful stint there as a lightweight back in 2007 and 2008. During that time, he was defeated by Matt Wiman and Thiago Tavares before being released and returning to Japan and dropping to the featherweight division.
Since that time, Omigawa has found new life which includes his current five fight win streak. Omigawa has been considered one of the top featherweights in Japan with wins over Hatsu Hioki, Hiroyuki Takaya and Micah Miller over the last 2 years.
He will have no easy test when he steps back into the Octagon however as former college wrestling stand-out and Team Alpha Male fighter Chad Mendes (9-0) awaits his arrival.
Mendes has been a force since making his WEC debut, and recently dispatched of Javier Vazquez to keep his perfect record, and inch closer to title contention in the featherweight division. Mendes will look to increase his winning streak when he makes his UFC debut against Omigawa in early 2011.
While there has been no official confirmation about what card the fight will take place at, speculation runs towards early March, with the UFC on Versus show being one possibility.