UFC signs RIZIN champion Kai Asakura

Feb 3, 2018; Belem, Brazil; View of the ring before UFC Fight Night at Mangueirinho Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Over the weekend at RIZIN 47, we learned that the UFC was making a big time splash. On the broadcast yesterday, we learned that RIZIN bantamweight champion Kai Asakura (21-4) was vacating his championship and was moving to the UFC.

The bantamweight division is arguably the most stacked division of the promotion and it just got even better. Asakura is a huge addition to the division and early indications are that he’s going to immediately get a top ten matchup perhaps even a top five matchup.

Asakura is one of the best fighters from RIZIN and he should be a very exciting addition to the UFC’s bantamweight division. If you’ve never seen this man compete, do yourself a favor and check out his highlights below.

UFC’s New Signing

During his impressive RIZIN stretch, he’s scored incredibly impressive wins including knockouts of Kyoji Horiguchi and a TKO win over Juan Archuleta last December to win the RIZIN bantamweight champion. He also has a decision win over top flyweight contender Manel Kape.

In looking at the bantamweight division, Song Yadong could be a name to watch for his first fight. Song is currently ranked seventh in the division and that would be a helluva matchup to introduce Asakura to the UFC audience. The winner of former flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo – Marlon Vera could be another name to watch.

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