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Japanese Fighter, Hatsu Hioki, Debuts on UFC 137

Written on July 11, 2011 by Lulu

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Newly signed Japanese featherweight fighter, Hatsu Hioki, is scheduled to make his UFC debut on October 29 at UFC 137, where he will stand against George Roop.

A new Japanese fighter will make his UFC debut at the upcoming UFC 137. Hatsu Hioki, a newly signed Japanese featherweight, will face George Roop on his first bout under UFC at the Las Vegas event on October 29.

Hatsu Hioki, with a career stats of 24-4-2, is considered to be one of the world’s top featherweight fighters. The 27-year-old fighter has spent his mixed martial arts career fighting for a Japanese promotion, but he has fought several times in Canada. He currently have a four winning streak on his hand, he also have markable wins over Mark Hominick, Marlon Sandro, Ronnie Mann and Rumina Sato.

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Hatsu Hioki Vacates SHOOTO Belt for UFC

Written on June 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Hatsu Hioki vacates his post as the SHOOTO lightweight champion to head on to UFC. Will the promotion acquire another top-ranked featherweight talent?

Japanese featherweight fighter, Hatsu Hioki, declined an offer to duel against DREAM featherweight champion – Hiroyuki Takeya – at DREAM 17. The former also announced last Tuesday that he will be vacating his lightweight title to head on to UFC 131 as a guest. His associate and representative, Shu Hirata, also added that all signs point to contract negotiations.

Hatsu Hioki is also a Sengoku featherweight champion with one remaining fight left on his contract with its promoter, World Victory Road. However, it is still unknown whether Sengoku will ever return due to its current financial crisis. Hatsu Hioki won the SHOOTO belt a year ago by defeating Takeshi Inoue via split decision. Last December, he added the Sengoku belt on his shelf with a unanimous decision win over Marlon Sandro. That said, Hatsu Hioki has long been considered as one of the best fighters in the 145-pound division.

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