Bellator inks long-time Asian MMA staple Hideo Tokoro

Bellator crosses the pond to add long-time Asian MMA staple Hideo Tokoro to its roster.

Fight Sport Asia learned of the signing early last week, and can now reveal the deal as official.

Hideo Tokoro (32-27-2), a veteran of the sport who honed his craft overseas pitting his submission prowess against such names as the legendary Rumina Sato, Yoshiro Maeda, Masakazu Imanari, Joachim Hansen, Daiki Hata, Daisuke Nakamura, Darren Uyenoyama, Brad Pickett, Royler Gracie and much, much more.

Tokoro, 36, now steps into Bellator’s Bantamweight division, and is set to make his promotional debut later this year. The Reversal Grand Slam affiliate was last seen earlier this month getting stopped (via TKO) by Victor Henry under the Grandslam MMA promotion in his native Japan.

Currently on a two-fight losing streak, the submission savvy fighter aims to break that feat in the second part of 2014 once inside the Bellator cage. Although its been announced Tokoro debuts later this year, no opponent or date has been set for the Japanese star.

Newport Beach, Calif. (July 29, 2014) – Hideo Tokoro is the latest addition to the Bellator Bantamweight Division as the Dream and K-1 veteran is set to make his Bellator debut later in 2014. Known as one of the most exciting fighters in Japan, the submission ace will be looking to make his mark inside the Bellator cage.

“Hideo Tokoro has been one of the most exciting fighters in Japan over the last decade and is always looking to finish and put on explosive fights,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “Tokoro is exactly the type of fighter we are looking for and should be a solid addition to our bantamweight roster.”

Tokoro began fighting professionally in 2000 and has collected victories over Brad Pickett, Royler Gracie, and Darren Unyenoyama over his fourteen year career. Having only fought in the United States once over his impressive career, Tokoro is excited to show American fans his unique style to Bellator fans watching on Spike.

“It’s truly a dream come true to be a part of Bellator MMA,” Tokoro said. “I have a great amount of respect for Scott Coker and what he has done in the industry, and I will do my best to establish a new career in Bellator MMA.’

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