Japanese star, and number four (according to our rankings here at MMANEWS!) ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki has officially signed a contract with the UFC. The promotion announced the news via twitter.
Hioki brings a stellar professional record of 24-4-2 to U.S. soil, and will have the chance to stake his claim as a top five featherweight amongst the divisionâ€™s deepest talent pool.
The Sengoku Raiden Championship featherweight titleholder and Shooto lightweight champion has secured 16 of his 24 victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission, and hasnâ€™t dropped a fight since 2009. Rather, heâ€™s pieced together an impressive four fight winning streak that includes decision victories over highly respected talent, Takeshi Inoue and Marlon Sandro.
In general, Hioki is considered a top-flight featherweight, and could conceivably earn a shot at champion Jose Aldoâ€™s belt with a single UFC win.
Details of this latest signing have not been disclosed, but weâ€™ll keep you up-to-date once more information is made available!Leave your feedback on this article by posting a comment directly below! You can also chat about the card in the MMANEWS.COM Forums and/or the MMANEWS.COM Facebook. If that wasn_t enough, MMANEWS.COM is now on Twitter as well @mmanewsdotcom.