UFC News: UFC Signs Middleweight Denis Kang

The UFC has signed a top notch middleweight fighter who could instantly contend for being a top 5 fighter.  Denis Kang is a greta fighter and will be a good draw for the UFC.  He is a 31 year old Canadian who is coming off of a quick KO of former UFC fighter Marvin Eastman.  Kang has been previously ranked as a top 10 middleweight, but has slidden a little.  He is a solid add to the UFC middleweight divison.  Look for Kang to be in action in January or February of 2009.  Kang has fought all over the place and been very successful.  This from MMAJunkie:

Former PRIDE fighter and current SpiritMC champion Denis Kang has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC, American Top Team General Manager Richie Guerriero today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com   “I just think timing wise, it was a good point in his career (to sign with the UFC),” Guerriero said. “He’s always had his eye on the UFC, but with his commitment to SpiritMC, and with him fighting for PRIDE at the time, it just never happened.”  Kang, a Canadian of Korean-French descent, was a top star with SpiritMC, a South Korean-based fight promotion. Kang won the organization’s heavyweight (80+ kg) title in September 2004 and cited his desire to fight for the organization as a stumbling block in previous UFC negotiations.  “SpiritMC was only asking that I fight for them once a year,” Kang said back in April. “That’s one of the things that I really, really wanted to do — to keep my SpiritMC title and keep my fan base in Korea, which is really important to me.” However, Guerriero and Kang knew the 10-year fight vet was missing out on publicity and sponsorship opportunities closer to home. “With the UFC being what it is, I think Denis knew it was a good time to get some exposure here in America,” said Guerriero, whose popular ATT facility is located in Coconut Creek, Fla. Although Guerriero didn’t know the particulars of the deal, he said it would be unlikely for Kang to continue fighting for SpiritMC “just based on the way [the UFC] has always done things,” he said, referring to the organization’s exclusive contracts. 

A great add for the UFC who really cold bolster their middleweight divison over a 6 month span.  Adding the likes of Filho, Sonnen and Rosholt from the WEC, possibly guys like Lawler, Villasenor, and Scott Smith from the EliteXC, now Denis Kang and they are in talks with Yoshihiro Akiyama.

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