Fledgling Japanese mixed martial arts promotion World Victory Road on Friday announced that Phil Baroni would face Sanae Kikuta at its March 5 event at the Yoyogi National Stadium Gym in Tokyo.
The fight marks Baroni’s return to competition following a six-month suspension due to a positive drug test for Boldenone following his June 22 Strikeforce bout against Frank Shamrock. He became eligible to regain his license in California on Dec. 22.
The fight is the first announced bout for World Victory Road’s debut event. Other fighters that have been announced as participating, but have not yet been matched up include Hidehiko Yoshida, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Kazuo Misaki, Makoto Takimoto, Ryo Kawamura, and Siyar Bahaduzada.