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Hatsu Hioki Joins the UFC Featherweight Division

Hatsu Hioki has officially joined the UFC, announced this morning via Twitter.  The Child of Shooto relinquished his lightweight title in late May, and we all kind of assumed that he was headed stateside.  Well, call us Nachodamus.

By now ya’ll know that Hioki  has some prime wins under his belt (something you can’t always say about fighters competing on the other side of the Pacific), including Mark Hominick (twice) and an upset over Marlon Sandro for the Sengoku featherweight strap.  Hioki hit a rough stretch in 2007, dropping consecutive decisions under the Shooto banner, but he hasn’t really lost since if you don’t count the decision loss to Michihiro Omigawa that the judges hung on him–and we don’t.

No word yet on who Hioki will face off with for his debut, but may we suggest Kenny Florian?


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Horsepower- June 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Nate Marquardt did not receive medical clearance the day of the weigh-ins and therefore pulled out of the main event. Charlie Brenneman, whose earlier bout with TJ Grant was removed from the card, will step in to face Rick Story, while the Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo fight will now be the main event
Get Off Me- June 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Story vs. Charlie B.
Get Off Me- June 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm
Is the Marquardt Story fight off?
Horsepower- June 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm
Adding the FW division was one of the best things UFC did, Featherweight and Heavyweight divisions are GREAT to watch now.