UFC signs Heat Welterweight Champion Kiichi “Strasser” Kunimoto

After a recent surge of Asian MMA fighters getting signed by the Mixed Martial Arts powerhouse.

The Las Vegas based promotion has now picked up current Heat Welterweight Champion Kiichi “Strasser” Kunimoto.

A source close to the Kunimoto camp confirmed the news with Fight Sport Asia earlier today.

The Cobra Kai Dojo affiliate began his Mixed Martial Arts career back in 2006, and has since then built a respectable record (15-5-2) fighting on the Asian circuit.

Most recently he defended his Welterweight title against former UFC fighter Edward Faaloloto this past July defeating his foe via Submission (Armbar) in just two minutes into the very first round.

Since coming up short against Takenori Sato in 2012, Kiichi has won his last four outings, finishing three of those by way of Submission.

The 32-year old competed most of his career for Japanese giants Pancrase before moving on to Heat, where he would run through competition to claim their 170-lb strap.

So as it stands the UFC have now bolstered their roster with Asian fighters — Kyoji Horiguchi, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Katsunori Kikuno, Shunichi Shimizu and now Kiichi Kunimoto.

With the UFC looking to expand in Asia next year you can expect more signings in the near future.

Photo credit: Kiichi Kunimoto
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