Featherweights Katsunori Kikuno and Diego Brandao have been matched for UFC Fight Night 75. The UFC made the official announcement over the weekend. The event takes place Sept. 27 at the Saitama Super Arena outside of Tokyo.
Kikuno, one of MMA’s most successful Kyokushin Karate practitioners, made his UFC debut in 2014. He holds a 2-2 record in the promotion with victories over Quinn Mulhern and Sam Sicilia. Before joining the UFC, he fought extensively in Dream and Deep. In 2010, he defeated Koichiro Matsumoto to win the Deep lightweight title.
Brandao has been fighting for the UFC since winning the 14th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” From 2012-2013, he went on a three-fight winning streak over Joey Gambino, Pablo Garza, and Daniel Pineda. However, he then dropped back-to-back fights to Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. In his last outing, he got back on track with a first-round TKO victory over Jimy Hettes.
In the main event of UFC Fight Night 75, former heavyweight champion Josh Barnett will return to action to take on TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson. The two recently coached against each other on the reality show “Road to UFC: Japan” which airs on UFC Fight Pass.