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Katsunori Kikuno

Katsunori Kikuno

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  • Given Name: 菊野克紀, Kikuno Katsunori
  • MMA Record: 23-8-2 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname:
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1981.10.30
  • Last Fight: June 26, 2016 in DEEP
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: ALLIANCE
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: 66.5" (169cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $10,000 USD
  • Born: Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Japan
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

Katsunori Kikuno Lightweight Ranking History

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Gyms & Affiliations



- 2nd place in 2018 All Japan Taekwondo Championships

Katsunori Kikuno MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | KO/TKO
Custom Rules Bout

Jp Michihiro Omigawa

Jp Ganryujima OUT ENEMY in Maihama 2018
Main Card | 70 kg | 70 kg

2018.01.03
Win | KO/TKO
Custom Rules Bout

Br Marcus Aurelio

Jp Ganryujima Adauchi 2017: in Maihama
Main Card

2017.09.02
Cancelled Bout Kimihiro Eto DEEP Cage Impact 2017 2017.07.15
Reason: Kikuno broken metatarsal on right foot
No Contest
Custom Rules Bout

Us Jimmy Ambriz

Jp Ganryujima Way of the Samurai 2017: in Maihama
Main Event

2017.05.06
Referee: Kenichi Serizawa
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
Custom Rules Bout

Br Edimilson Souza

Jp Ganryujima 6
Main Event | Lightweight | 70 kg

2017.01.03
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
Custom Rules Bout

Jp Michihiro Omigawa

Jp Ganryujima 5
Main Event | Tournament Finals

2016.10.21
Win | Decision | Unanimous
Custom Rules Bout

Ru Igor Permin

Jp Ganryujima 5
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

2016.10.21
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
Custom Rules Bout

Kr Un Pyo Ha

Jp Ganryujima 5
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

2016.10.21
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
Custom Rules Bout

Th Kuntap Charoenchai

Jp Ganryujima 4 - Tokyo
Main Event | Lightweight | 70 kg

2016.07.31
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:46 Round 2 of 2, 9:46 Total

Jp Takuya Oyama
22-8-2 7-4-0

Jp DEEP 76 Impact: Strawweight GP 2016 Opening Round
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2016.06.26
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:28 Round 1 of 3

Br Diego Brandão
22-7-2 19-10-0

Jp UFC Fight Night 75: Barnett vs. Nelson
Main Card | Featherweight | 66 kg

2015.09.26
Odds: +210 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Perceval
UFC Fight Night 75 Performance of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:31 Round 1 of 3

Br Edimilson Souza
22-6-2 15-3-0

Br UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2015.03.21
Odds: +205 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Osiris Maia
#43 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2015
UFC Fight Night 62 Performance of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:38 Round 2 of 3, 6:38 Total

Us Sam Sicilia
21-6-2 12-4-0

Jp UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 66 kg

2014.09.20
Odds: -145 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Wolf Menninger | Walkout Music: USA for Africa - We Are the World
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
4:06 Round 1 of 3

Us Tony Ferguson
21-5-2 14-3-0

Us UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.05.24
Odds: +270 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Quinn Mulhern
20-5-2 18-3-0

Sg UFC Fight Night 34: Saffiedine vs. Lim
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.01.04
Odds: -175 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Perceval
Win | Submission | Choke
4:12 Round 1 of 3

Kr Yong Jae Lee
19-5-2 7-3-0

Jp DEEP 63 Impact
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2013.08.25
Weigh-In: 154.8 lbs (70.2 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO
1:07 Round 1 of 3

Jp Jutaro Nakao
18-5-2 24-17-4

Jp DEEP Cage Impact 2013: Korakuen Hall
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2013.06.15
Weigh-In: 154.8 lbs (70.2 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO
Custom Rules Bout

Jp Takafumi Ito

Jp Japan Regional

2013.03.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:08 Round 1 of 3

Br Luiz Andrade I
17-5-2 15-13-3

Jp DEEP Cage Impact 2012: 2nd Round
Main Event | Lightweight | 70 kg

2012.12.08
Win | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Jp Yasuaki Kishimoto
16-5-2 14-4-2

Jp DEEP 60 Impact
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2012.10.19
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Satoru Kitaoka
16-4-2 29-11-9

Jp DEEP 58 Impact
Main Event | Lightweight | 70 kg

2012.06.15
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Kr Kwang Hee Lee

Jp DEEP

2011.10.29
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Mizuto Hirota
15-3-2 12-4-1

Jp Deep 55 Impact
Main Card | Title Defense | Lightweight | 70 kg

2011.08.26
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Daisuke Nakamura
14-3-2 23-12-0

Jp Dream: Fight For Japan!
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2011.05.29
Odds: -205 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 154.3 lbs (70.0 kgs)
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Nobuhiro Obiya
13-3-2 12-3-1

Jp Deep 50 Impact
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 70 kg

2010.10.24
Loss | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Gesias Cavalcante
13-2-2 14-3-1

Jp Dream 15: Light Heavyweight GP Opening Round
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2010.07.10
Odds: +155 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 154.3 lbs (70.0 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:26 Round 1 of 2

Jp Kuniyoshi Hironaka
12-2-2 16-6-0

Jp Dream 13
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2010.03.22
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 154.3 lbs (70.0 kgs) | Referee: Kenichi Serizawa
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:42 Round 2 of 3, 8:42 Total

Us Eddie Alvarez
12-1-2 18-2-0

Jp Dream 12: Cage of the Rising Sun
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2009.10.25
Odds: +303 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:47 Round 1 of 2

Br Andre Amade
11-1-2 6-2-1

Jp Dream 10: Welterweight GP 2009 Final Round
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2009.07.20
Odds: -163 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Kenichi Serizawa
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
4:32 Round 1 of 3

Jp Koichiro Matsumoto
10-1-2 9-1-1

Jp Deep 41 Impact
Main Event | Tournament Finals | 70 kg

2009.04.16
Win | KO/TKO
4:15 Round 1 of 3

Kr Bu Kyung Jung
9-1-2 0-3-0

Jp Deep 40 Impact
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 70 kg

2009.02.20
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Kr Jang Yong Kim
8-1-2 2-2-0

Jp Deep 39 Impact
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2008.12.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:34 Round 2 of 2, 7:34 Total

Jp Yoshihiro Tomioka
7-1-2 12-5-5

Jp Deep 37 Impact
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2008.08.17
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Jp Seigo Inoue
6-1-2 4-4-2

Jp Deep 35 Impact
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2008.05.19
Win | Decision | Majority
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Jp Takuhiro Kamikozono
5-1-2 8-4-0

Jp Deep 29 Impact
Main Card | 73 kg | 73 kg

2007.04.13
Win | Decision | Majority
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Jp Hiroki Nagaoka
4-1-2 9-11-6

Jp Deep 27 Impact
Main Card | 73 kg | 73 kg

2006.12.20
Win | Submission | Choke
3:26 Round 1 of 2

Jp Yutaka Kobayashi
3-1-2 1-1-0

Jp Deep 26 Impact
Main Card | 73 kg | 73 kg

2006.10.10
Draw

Br Luiz Andrade I

Jp DEEP

2006.07.08
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jp Ichiro Kojima

Jp Fighting Network ZST

2006.06.04
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Jp Yukinari Tamura
2-0-1 2-1-2

Jp Deep 23 Impact
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 76 kg

2006.02.05
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Jp Hitoki Tsuti

Jp DEEP

2005.12.25
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Jp Masashi Takeda

Jp DEEP

2005.12.25
Draw

Jp Junpei Chikano

Jp Fighting Network ZST

2005.11.23

Katsunori Kikuno Wiki Update Wiki

Katsunori Kikuno is a Japanese lightweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a black belt in Judo and a black belt in Kyokushin Karate and trains out of Alliance Square in Tokyo, Japan. He really exhibits his Karate background in his fights and is known for throwing Crescent Kicks. He has previously fought for DEEP where he was the lightweight champion and had an overall record of 16-3-2 as well as Dream where he had an overall record of 3-2. He has notable wins over Koichiro Matsumoto, Kuniyoshi Hironaka, Daisuke Nakamura, and Jutaro Nakao. He has also fought Satoru Kitaoka, Mizuto Hirota, Gesias Cavalcante, and Eddie Alvarez in losing efforts. Of his twenty one career wins, fourteen have been finishes including eleven T/KOs.


Kikuno began training in Judo in high school and took up Kyokushin Karate after he graduated. He began fighting professionally in 2005 with a draw under the ZST promotion. He would have his first fight with DEEP only a month later and was able to pick up two wins in a single night. Over the next three and a half years, he would bump his record to 12-1-2. He debuted with Dream at Dream 10 against Andre Amade who he was able to defeat by TKO in the first round to extend his undefeated streak to twelve. He took on Eddie Alvarez at Dream 12, but would lose by submission in the second round. He would pick up another TKO victory under the promotion before dropping a split decision to Gesias Cavalcante at Dream 15.


Katsunori would return to DEEP to defend his lightweight title against Nobuhiro Obiya via decision in October, 2010. He fight again for Dream, picking up a decision over future DEEP lightweight champion, Daisuke Nakamura. At DEEP 55, Kikuno would lose his title to Mizuto Hirota. He would pick up a TKO victory two months later before dropping another decision at DEEP 58. After this, he would go on a four fight win streak over the next year, picking up three finishes along the way.


In late 2013, it was announced that Kikuno had been picked up by the UFC. He made his debut against Quinn Mulhern at UFC Fight Night 34 and was able to bump his undefeated streak to five when he won via unanimous decision.


Kikuno's six fight win streak came to an end when he fought Tony Ferguson at UFC 173. Kikuno came out strong, but Ferguson was stronger, sinking in a choke that Kikuno was able to get out of, but was knocked out moments later, at 4:06 in Round 1. 


For the first time since being signed to the UFC, Kikuno was fighting in his home country of Japan. There he faced TUF 15 veteran Sam Sicilia, at UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson. Kikuno used his superior grappling to finish this fight, when he forced Silcia to tap at 1:38 in Round 2.


Kikuno faced Edimilson Souza, at UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare. At first both fighters weren't engaging one another, but suddenly Souza exploded with a series of punches. Kikuno did his best to block most of the strikes but a right hand by Souza connected and knocked-out Kikuno, at 1:31 in Round 1.


Bringing his professional record to 22-7-3 and his UFC record to 2-2-0.

Last updated 03.23.2015, 12:16 AM ET
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