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BELLATOR SIGNS PANCRASE WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION MASAYUKI KIKUIRI

KING OF PANCRASE WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION MASAYUKI KIKUIRI SIGNS WITH BELLATOR MMA


ALL BELLATOR EVENTS - INCLUDING THOSE IN WHICH KIKUIRI FIGHTS WILL BE STREAMED LIVE IN JAPAN EXCLUSIVELY ON U-NEXT


TOKYO - BELLATOR MMA has signed King of Pancrase Welterweight Champion, Masayuki Kikuiri (7-2-1), to an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year contract. The 27-year-old Kikuiri joins BELLATOR after a successful ten-fight run with Pancrase, Japan's longest-running martial arts organization, that culminated with him winning the 170-pound championship. U-NEXT is the exclusive live streaming partner of all BELLATOR events in Japan including Kikuiri’s future bouts.

Kikuiri joins a talent-stacked welterweight division including Champion Yaroslav Amosov, Interim Champion Logan Storley, along with Michael "Venom" Page, Jason Jackson, Douglas Lima, and Goiti Yamauchi.

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"First of all, I’m very happy to be able to compete on the top stage MMA organization BELLATOR. The roster is stacked with tough guys and I’m excited to be coming after them. - Masayuki Kikuiri, Pancrase Welterweight Champion

"When it comes to Masayuki Kikuiri specifically, his run in Pancrase has been impressive, winning their welterweight championship. I’m interested to see him match up against some of our talent at 170-pounds, a division that I consider one of our deepest"
- Scott Coker, Bellator MMA CEO


We hope to see this as an opportunity for the King of Pancrase Champion, Masayuki Kikuiri, to pave the way in fighting the very best athletes overseas and look forward to his success in BELLATOR." - Hidetaka Fukui, Pancrase Executive Director

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