"Strasser" Kiichi, who just fought in the Pancrasetitle fight, signed with HEAT, and will make a cage debut on June 23rd.
Kiichi spent majority of his MMA career in Pancrase and last month he finallygot to the title shot but fell short to Takenori Sato via unanimous decision.
The source closed to fighter revealed to ADCC News a veteran from MMA DojoCobra-kai has agreed to do just one fight for HEAT, for now, so this not along-time commitment however we can also guess maybe "Strasser"needed a change of scenery after fighting in one promotion for such a longtime. Or maybe Kiichi felt he needed to experience fighting in the cage.
Kiichi is going to face Gyu Myung Lee from Korea. According to HEAT home pagehe is 11-4 in MMA and listed at 183 cm and 82 kg but this fight will be at 170lbs. If this stats is accurate then Kiichi is going to face much biggeropponent. On top of this some media reported Lee is considered as the"Next Dong Hyun Kim" in the Korean MMA and if this is true then,again, this is going to be a tall order for Kiichi.
HEAT Head Office Presents
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at Kobe Fashion Mart Atrium Plaza, Hyogo, Japan
Doors Open - 16:00 / Fight Starts - 16:30
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
HEAT MMA Rules Welterweight Bout 5 mn / 3R
Gyu Myung Lee (Korea / CMA KOREA- EXTREME COMBAT GYM) vs. "Strasser"Kiichi (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai)
SRS - 20,000 yen / RS - 15,000 yen / SS - 10,000 yen / S - 7,000 yn A - 5,000yen
*500 yen more at the door.
Reportby Shu Hirata