Katsunori Kikuno

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Katsunori Kikuno
Born (1981-10-30) October 30, 1981 (age 35)
Kagoshima, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Division Lightweight
Featherweight
Reach 66.0 in (168 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan
Team Alliance Square
Trainer Tsuyoshi Kohsaka
Rank      Black belt in Kyokushin Karate[2]
     Black belt in Judo[2]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 33
Wins 23
By knockout 12
By submission 3
By decision 8
Losses 8
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 4
Draws 2
Amateur career
Total 2
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Katsunori Kikuno (born October 30, 1981) is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC's Featherweight division. He is the former DEEP Lightweight Champion.

Background[edit]

Kikuno started his martial arts training with judo when he was in high school, and was able to take third place in the Kyushu 66 kg tournament and first in the Kagoshima Prefecture 66 kg tournament. After graduating from high school Kikuno took up Kyokushin Karate where he took first in the all Kyushu Tournament and a best 16 spot in the middle division of an All-Japan Tournament, Kikuno was trained under Hitoshi Kiyama. He joined Tsuyoshi Kohsaka’s A-Square MMA team in 2004 and began his career in 2005.[3]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Deep[edit]

Kikuno made his professional mixed martial arts debut in Japanese promotion DEEP's Future King Tournament 2005 defeating Hitoki Tsuti via doctor stoppage and Masashi Takeda via knockout.

At the 2009 DEEP Lightweight Tournament Kikuno became champion after defeating Koichiro Matsumoto via knockout.

Dream[edit]

Kikuno signed with the DREAM promotion after becoming DEEP Lightweight Champion and made his debut against Andre Dida at Dream 10 on July 20, 2009. Kikuno defeated Dida via a flurry of punches, winning his DREAM debut.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Kikuno faced Quinn Mulhern on January 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 34.[4] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

In his second fight with the promotion, Kikuno faced Tony Ferguson on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[5] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Kikuno faced Sam Sicilia at UFC Fight Night 52 on September 20, 2014.[6] He won the fight via submission in the second round.

Kikuno faced Kevin Souza on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62.[7] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Kikuno faced Diego Brandão on September 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 75.[8] He lost the fight via technical knockout in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–8–2 Diego Brandão TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson September 27, 2015 1 0:28 Saitama, Japan
Loss 23–7–2 Kevin Souza KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare March 21, 2015 1 1:31 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 23–6–2 Sam Sicilia Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson September 20, 2014 2 1:38 Saitama, Japan Featherweight debut.
Loss 22–6–2 Tony Ferguson KO (punch) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 1 4:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–5–2 Quinn Mulhern Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim January 4, 2014 3 5:00 Marina Bay, Singapore
Win 21–5–2 Yong Jae Lee Submission (rear-naked choke) Deep: 63 Impact August 25, 2013 1 4:12 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20–5–2 Jutaro Nakao KO (punch) Deep: Cage Impact 2013 June 15, 2013 1 1:07 Tokyo, Japan
Win 19–5–2 Takafumi Ito KO (palm strike) U-Spirits Again March 9, 2013 1 0:29 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–5–2 Luiz Andrade I KO (punch) Deep: Cage Impact 2012 in Tokyo: Semifinals December 8, 2012 1 0:08 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–5–2 Yasuaki Kishimoto Decision (unanimous) Deep: 60 Impact October 19, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 16–5–2 Satoru Kitaoka Decision (unanimous) Deep: 58 Impact June 15, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–4–2 Kwang Hee Lee TKO (punches) Deep: Cage Impact 2011 in Tokyo, 1st Round October 29, 2011 1 4:59 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 15–4–2 Mizuto Hirota Decision (unanimous) Deep: 55 Impact August 26, 2011 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Lost DEEP Lightweight Championship
Win 15–3–2 Daisuke Nakamura Decision (unanimous) Dream: Fight for Japan! May 29, 2011 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 14–3–2 Nobuhiro Obiya Decision (split) Deep: 50 Impact October 24, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Defended DEEP Lightweight Championship.
Loss 13–3–2 Gesias Cavalcante Decision (split) Dream 15 July 10, 2010 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 13–2–2 Kuniyoshi Hironaka KO (punch) Dream 13 March 22, 2010 1 1:26 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 12–2–2 Eddie Alvarez Submission (arm-triangle choke) Dream 12 October 26, 2009 2 3:42 Osaka, Japan
Win 12–1–2 Andre Amade TKO (punches) Dream 10 July 20, 2009 1 3:47 Saitama, Japan
Win 11–1–2 Koichiro Matsumoto KO (punch) Deep: 41 Impact April 16, 2009 1 4:32 Tokyo, Japan DEEP Lightweight Tournament Champion.
Win 10–1–2 Jung Bu-Kyung TKO (body kick and soccer kicks) Deep: 40 Impact February 20, 2009 1 4:15 Tokyo, Japan DEEP Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 9–1–2 Jang Yong Kim Decision (unanimous) Deep: 39 Impact December 10, 2008 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan DEEP Lightweight Tournament Opening Round.
Win 8–1–2 Yoshihiro Tomioka TKO (punches) Deep: 37 Impact August 17, 2008 2 2:34 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–1–2 Seigo Inoue Decision (unanimous) Deep: 35 Impact May 19, 2008 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–1–2 Takuhiro Kamikozono Decision (majority) Deep: 29 Impact April 13, 2007 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–1–2 Hiroki Nagaoka Decision (majority) Deep: 27 Impact December 20, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–1–2 Hiroshi Kobayashi Submission (rear-naked choke) Deep: 26 Impact October 10, 2006 1 3:26 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 3–1–2 Luiz Andrade I Draw Deep: clubDeep Tokyo July 8, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–1–1 Ichiro Kojima TKO (punches) ZST: Swat! 5 June 4, 2006 1 1:18 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 2–1–1 Yukinari Tamura Decision (unanimous) Deep: 23 Impact February 5, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0–1 Masashi Takeda KO (punch) Deep: Future King Tournament 2005 December 25, 2005 1 2:30 Tokyo, Japan DEEP Lightweight Future King Tournament Champion.[9]
Win 1–0–1 Hitoki Tsuti TKO (doctor stoppage) Deep: Future King Tournament 2005 December 25, 2005 1 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 0–0–1 Junpei Chikano Draw ZST 8 November 23, 2005 1 5:00 Tokyo, Japan

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Yuichiro Nagashima TKO (punches) Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 December 31, 2011 2 2:34 Chuo-ku, Saitama City, Japan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Barnett vs. Nelson". UFC.com. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Source: Former DEEP champ Katsunori Kikuno signs with UFC". MMAjunkie.com. October 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Budo's Best: Katsunori Kikuno". Sherdog. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  4. ^ Mookie Alexander (2013-11-04). "Quinn Mulhern vs. Katsunori Kikuno set for UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  5. ^ Staff (2014-03-03). "Tony Ferguson meets Katsunori Kikuno at UFC 173 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  6. ^ Damon Martin (2014-07-01). "Sam Sicilia vs Katsunori Kikuno at 145lbs at UFC Fight Night in Japan.". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  7. ^ Nick Baldwin (2015-02-04). "Kevin Souza vs. Katsunori Kikuno added to UFC Fight Night 62 in Rio de Janeiro". mmajr.co. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  8. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-08-07). "Katsunori Kikuno vs. Diego Brandao set for UFC Fight Night 75 in Japan". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  9. ^ Dallas Winston (July 17, 2009). "DREAM 10 Sleeper Fight". thegarv.com. 

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