After a recent surge of Asian MMA fighters getting signed by the UFC. The Las Vegas based promotion has now picked up Heat Welterweight Champion Kiichi “Strasser” Kunimoto.
A source close to his camp confirmed it with FSA earlier today.
The Cobra Kai Dojo native began his Mixed Martial Arts career back in 2006, and has since then built a respectable (15-5-2) record.
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 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 onto Heat, where he would run through his competition to claim their 170lb strap.
So as it stands the UFC has signed 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.