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Monday, November 4th, 2013
It what can been seen as turning Yushin Okami’s single contract into the signing of several Japanese fighters, Zuffa signed Japanese fighter Shunichi Shimizu to a deal, as reported by MMA in Asia.
Shimizu has fought with Pancrase as well as ZST and other smaller promotions. A winner of five in a row, Shimizu has spent the majority of his career with ZST, winning a fight with SRC during that span. Shimizu is 28-8 and has fought as a bantamweight, however, the UFC has yet to announce the weight class of which he will compete.
The UFC signed Tatsuya Kawajiri and Katsunori Kikuno in the past week, adding to their roster what can be seen as an injection of Asian fighters for 2014′s Asian schedule.
When Kyoji Horiguchi was coming up in the Shooto organization, we touted him as the next big thing to come out of Japan. Readers were unaware who this kid was (yes he was a teenager at the time), yet he quickly made himself a staple amongst Japanophile’s around the world.
Horiguchi had what could be seen as a career defining fight (thus far) Saturday night at UFC 166 as he proved to the world that – yes – the hype is real.
Horiguchi was in trouble earlier with Dustin Pague, a submission fighter, who scrambled hastily to back control and sunk in the beginnings of a rear naked choke. Horiguchi remained reticent, holding off the clasping hand while Pague had his right hand deep around Horiguchi’s neck. Pague’s legs would eventually give after having them clamped strongly around the Japanese fighter’s mid section, which opened Pague up to strikes. The round ended with Horiguchi in Pagues halfguard, and quite likely in Pague’s favor.
Round two saw a much relaxed Horiguchi begin to implement his karate game, flying in with slick combos, landing a huge right that floored Pague and spelled what was the beginning of the end. Horiguchi was perfectly comfortable in Pague’s guard and opted to finish the fight in said position, raining down a violent barrage of punches that saw Pague’s head bouncing off the canvas and Horiguchi victorious.
With little hope for Japanese fighters succeeding in the UFC, Horiguchi could be the first talent in a long while that has a chance to compete in the upper ranks of the division. Showing his ability to fend of submissions as well as his ability to take a punch, Horiguchi could be a serious threat to those in the middle of the division and eventually the top of the division, in due time.
Yes, you read that correctly, the legendary Gracie family will try their hand at professional wrestling and they will do it at Japan’s biggest wrestling show of the year on January 4th at the Tokyo Dome.
Before the singles match between Kazushi Sakuraba and Yuji Nagata at today’s New Japan Pro Wrestling PPV, Rolles & Daniel Gracie challenged any member of the New Japan roster to match at Wrestlekingdom 8, bragging that the Gracies were “King of Sport”. After defeating Sakuraba, Nagata accepted the challenge of the Gracies. Of course Saku knows a thing or two about the world famous Brazilian Jujitsu family so he also through himself into the mix and we will now get Nagata and Sakuraba teaming up to take on the Gracies next January at Wrestlekingdom 8.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Jon Jones (204.5) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (204.5)
Champ Renan Barao (135) vs. Eddie Wineland (135.25)
Matt Mitrione (260.5) vs. Brendan Schaub (237)
Francis Carmont (186) vs. Constantinos Philippou (186)
Pat Healy (155.75) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Myles Jury (156) vs. Mike Ricci (155.5)
Ivan Menjivar (137)* vs. Wilson Reis (135)
Chris Clements (169.5) vs. Stephen Thompson (170.5)
Mitch Gagnon (136) vs. Dustin Kimura (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
Renee Forte (155.5) vs. John Makdessi (155)
Michel Prazeres (155) vs. Jesse Ronson (155.5)
Alex Caceres (136) vs. Roland Delorme (136)
Nandor Guelmino (230) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (245.5)
After the success of their Cage Impact show at Korakuen Hall, DEEP will hold another caged event this November. DEEP Cage Impact 2013 will take place November 24 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, this will be DEEP’s second show this year in the 3000 seat venue.
Confirmed for the show so far is:
An already stacked UFC on Fox 9 has just added what could easily be a fight of the year candidate. Former interim title holder Carlos Condit will meet Matt Brown in a fight that could determine who stands where in the welterweight title picture.
Matt Brown is coming off six straight wins, most recently defeating Mike Pyle, a former training partner in under 30-seconds at UFC Fight Night Sonnen vs Rua. Brown is a finisher and rarely takes fights to decision.
Condit is the former UFC Interim Welterweight champion and dropped both his title fight to GSP and the fight after to number one contender Johny Hendricks. Condit is coming off a huge win to Martin Kampmann that saw a refined Condit pick his opponent apart in four rounds.
UFC on Fox 9 takes place December 14th and will be free to view on the Fox Network.