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Top-ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki vacates Shooto belt, will attend UFC 131

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If all goes well, the UFC could have all the top-ranked featherweight talent locked up by next month.

Japanese featherweight Hatsu Hioki turned down an offer to fight featherweight champion Hiroyuki Takeya at DREAM.17 and on Tuesday announced that he's vacating his Shooto lightweight title.

Shu Hirata, an associate of Hioki who represents several Japanese fighters, today told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter is headed to UFC 131 as a guest, and all signs point to contract negotiations.

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Omg, please tell me they're signing him. And not to fight Hominick again.

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Props to Hioki wanting to fight the best in the world at his weight class. Hope he does well.

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Posted by Budgellism

Omg, please tell me they're signing him. And not to fight Hominick again.



All signs seem to be pointing in that direction.

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Posted by Budgellism

Omg, please tell me they're signing him. And not to fight Hominick again.



All signs seem to be pointing in that direction.



Love it. Now get Sandro in here and I'll never complain again.

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That's good news but I think the Hioki/ Takaya fight would've been great to watch.

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Once Hioki is signed, I wonder who they'll have him fight first...does he get an immediate title shot if Aldo is healthy?

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Posted by SNAPNAPORTAP

Once Hioki is signed, I wonder who they'll have him fight first...does he get an immediate title shot if Aldo is healthy?



I'd like to see him have at least one fight before the title shot.

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It would be a very nice pick up

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Posted by Kpro

That's good news but I think the Hioki/ Takaya fight would've been great to watch.



I tried to prop this but gotta spread the love. A Takaya Hioki fight would have been awesome.

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This is great news would love to see him in the ufc, dont see him beating aldo tho

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Posted by Kpro

That's good news but I think the Hioki/ Takaya fight would've been great to watch.





That would have been nice to see. I would love to see him in the UFC though. Just wondering how well he is going to hold up going against a top level wrestler. Hope his transition goes well into the UFC. It's always a crap shoot getting guys from overseas but I think he will represent nicely.

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Guarantee you that he loses his UFC debut no matter who its against. These Japanese guys tend to come over and realize that the guys fighting outside of Dream, World Victory Road, etc. are on a whole different level. There have been a few exceptions, but this is almost always the case.

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Posted by DeadHead988

Guarantee you that he loses his UFC debut no matter who its against. These Japanese guys tend to come over and realize that the guys fighting outside of Dream, World Victory Road, etc. are on a whole different level. There have been a few exceptions, but this is almost always the case.



Not in the 145 division. Hioki has some of the best top postion grappling in MMA. He gets on top of anyone and its his fight to lose.

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Best unsigned (to a major org) talent in the world imo. Would love to see him in the ufc!

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