By Adam Martin
The UFC has signed another skilled Hawaiian, and he’ll be making his promotional debut in just a few weeks.
Dustin Kimura, the man with perhaps the best name in all of MMA, will make his UFC debut against bantamweight Chico Camus at UFC 156, which takes place Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.
The UFC confirmed the fight today via their Twitter account, and the bout is expected to be a part of UFC 156′s preliminary card.
Kimura (9-0) is Max Holloway’s training partner and he’s been raved about for a while by those in the know. Fighting mostly on the Pacific regional circuit, Kimura has already racked up nine wins in just three years of fighting, including six via submission and two by T/KO. He will be dropping down from the 145-pound division to 135 pounds for this fight, and even though it’s on relatively short notice, the fact that Holloway had a recent bout indicates that Kimura has already been in ‘training camp mode,’ so we can expect a good showing from the highly-regarded prospect in February.
Camus (12-3) made his UFC debut last summer at UFC 150, when he decisioned Dustin Pague to pick up his first Octagon victory. A member of Team Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wis., Camus is currently riding a four-fight win streak and another win in the UFC would help push him up the crowded bantamweight ladder. Like Kimura, Camus has only been fighting professionally since 2009, but even still has already racked up four sub wins and three T/KOs, meaning he’s obviously a threat to anyone in the division.
This fight won’t light the world on fire, but the winner will emerge as a legitimate prospect in the UFC bantamweight division.
UFC 156 is headlined by Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the UFC featherweight title and also features Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a light heavyweight contest and Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in a hard-hitting heavyweight tilt.
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