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Top-ranked Japanese featherweight Hatsu Hioki signs UFC deal

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Former World Victory Road/Sengoku featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki (24-4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) officially is octagon-bound.

UFC officials today announced the top-ranked Japanese star is the newest addition to the roster of the world's biggest MMA promotion.

Officials did not reveal Hioki's debut appearance and first opponent.

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Post #1   6/25/11 12:04:24PM   

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This is outstanding news. Hioki is the real deal. Hope his transition to the UFC goes well.

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I wonder who they'll have him fight first

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Posted by Budgellism

I wonder who they'll have him fight first



Hopefully a top ten fighter. I don't want to see him fight a can his first go around. It will be interesting to see how the UFC handles him. They either throw him into the mix right away, or try to build him up for the casual UFC fans.

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Agreed. I would like to see him against the winner of Stevenson and Vasquez or the winner of Griffin and Manny.

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YES!! Great news, i like him fighting the winner of manny vs tyson or maybe even George Roop

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YES!! Great news, i like him fighting the winner of manny vs tyson or maybe even George Roop



Roop is a great idea.

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Good pick up
Glad ufc is filling out that featherweight division with talent

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Posted by kopower


Posted by Budgellism

I wonder who they'll have him fight first



Hopefully a top ten fighter. I don't want to see him fight a can his first go around. It will be interesting to see how the UFC handles him. They either throw him into the mix right away, or try to build him up for the casual UFC fans.



If how they have treated other Japanese fighters' transitions are any indication, I imagine they will give him a tough road.

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give him Florian. i would love to see Florian lose, drop down the ladder and contemplate going to 135 lol

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