When Dana White announced the UFC would be bringing in new talent based on the promotion’s recent absorption of WEC fans figured it wouldn’t be long until a number of competitors currently calling Japan home would eventually make their way into the Octagon.
Word of such a case has now surfaced, as Versus has reported 12-8-1 Michihiro Omigawa recently joined the organization and will be fighting in February/March against undefeated WEC competitor Chad Mendes.
Though his record may not cause some fans to salivate, those more knowledgeable about the sport likely recognize Omigawa as one of the top 145-pounders in MMA. With wins in his last five bouts, and eight of his last nine, the 34-year old Japanese star has not been finished since the first two fights of his career in 2005. Omigawa will be returning to the UFC after a brief stint a few years ago which saw him losing decisions to Thiago Tavares and Matt Wiman (both at lightweight). Since then he has picked up wins over respected foes like Marlon Sandro, Nam Phan, Hatsu Hioki, and L.C. Davis as well as a number of other game opponents.
Mendes will be looking to avoid his first professional loss when facing arguably the toughest opponent of his career early next year. The 9-0 “Money” Mendes is a teammate of Urijah Faber who most recently won by way of decision over Javier Vazquez last month at WEC 52.