MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

On This Day in MMA History…July 18


(Inside Your Soul: It’s where Hioki is looking and the name of his t-shirt company.)

Hatsu Hioki was born 28 years ago in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.

Why he matters:
Hioki (24-4-2) is one of Japan’s most decorated fighters, having won titles under the Shooto, Sengoku and TKO Championship Fighting banners. The recent UFC signee has beaten a glut of the world’s top 25 featherweights including Mark Hominick, Marlon Sandro, Ronnie Mann, Takeshi “Lion” Inoue and Masanori Kanehara and now he will finally get the opportunity to test his skills against more of the world’s best in the Octagon.


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His TKO 25 win over Mark Hominick is often referred to as one of the best five-round bouts in Canadian MMA history alongside Hominick’s UFC 129 battle of attrition with Jose Aldo and his utter domination over Sandro to win the Sengoku title was likely the breakout performance that put him on the UFC’s radar.


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If not for a heavily-debated split decision loss to Michihiro Omigawa at Sengoku 11, Hioki would be undefeated in 14 fights since October 2007.

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Giblets- July 19, 2011 at 6:40 am
Yeah usually a big fan of this, but hey they can't all be firecrackers!
intercept440- July 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm
on this day in MMA history.. i care even less than last weeks episode
Fedor Penn- July 18, 2011 at 11:17 am
I hope Hioki fights Aldo before Aldo moves up.
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