Former Shooto standout Yasuhiro Urushitani, after a disappointing 2012 that saw him go 0-2 in the UFC, rebounded last year by winning back-to-back fights, raising his record to 21-6-6.
Looking back on 2013, Urushitani feels getting back on the winning track made it a good year, even if he didn’t fight as often as he would have liked.
“I made a successful ONE FC debut (against Rey Docyogen), which was very exciting, but then I faced spells of inactivity,” he said. “I’m excited that everything is good now and I look forward to getting back into the ONE FC cage and showcasing my skills.”
Looking back on his time in the UFC, Urushitani told MMAWeekly.com that his time in the promotion revealed holes in his game that he has since worked hard to resolve.
“I realized that I still have some shortcomings, so I was determined with improving after (my UFC) release,” he said. “I think you saw that in my ONE FC debut that I am now stronger than before.
“I think I am primed to make a title run now.”
Urushitani is scheduled to make his ONE FC return on Friday, March 14, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, against fellow former Shooto star Adriano Moraes (9-1) in a flyweight feature bout.
“I only watched a few videos of him, but from what I saw I think he is a good fighter,” said Urushitani of Moraes. “He has an aggressive style and I look forward to testing myself against his skills.
“I am confident I can emerge with the win.”
Looking ahead to the remainder of 2014, Urushitani has one goal: win ONE FC gold.
“I want to become ONE FC Flyweight World Champion in 2014,” he exclaimed.
“Thank you all for your support. Come watch me at ONE FC: War of Nations.”