Katsunori Kikuno dropping down to featherweight

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  1. Hufusopem

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    He just revealed hes definitely going to the Featherweight division and his next fight will be in that division on his blog.

    Who should he fight next & is this a good move?
     
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    That hands down kung fu shit isn't gonna work in a lower weight division either, Kikuno.
     
  3. SBC

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    I never really looked at Kikuno as a small guy for 155. Weird development...
     
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    That's not gonna be a fun cut.
     
  5. Hufusopem

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    I don't see it being an easy cut either.
     
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    Shouldn't be a problem for him to make 145 but it's not as if his problem at 155 was being overpowered by bigger guys. Switching to FW will do little to fix the problems with his game.
     
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    nice, fresh start in a new division
     
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    when he fought Tony Ferguson my dad and I were laughing at the beginning he seemed to be getting the better of Ferguson for like 15 seconds... then reality set in.

    His striking looks cool and it might have worked in Japan, but yeah your thought is exactly what came to mind when I saw this thread.
     
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    Fork Don't call it a comeback...

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    i hope it works out for him, but i also hope he goes back to protecting himself more.
     
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    Not a bad idea but dude needs to get back to a karate stance ASAP.
     
  11. Jocke

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    It's a karate style. Machida fights with his hands pretty low and it seems to work just fine for him.

    I like Kikuno but he's too old anyways and he never tasted the skills of this caliber before.
     
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    Kikuno needs to get back to the hand-fighting style he employed agains Eddie Alvarez. Seriously, that style gave Eddie the fits, I can't understand why he has forsaken it.
     
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    That makes two of us. It's one of the most perplexing stories in all of mma. Alvarez had a really tough time dealing with his front kicks.
     
  14. Kalmah

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    Size wasn't the issue, it's that striking defence or lack of.
     
  15. Maruchan

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    Except Machida is much better at controlling distance and uses a lot of footwork. Kikuno literally plods forward and stays in the pocket way too long.
     
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    oh god..he better work on his ground game and at least lern to keep dem handsup...his ufc fights have been disappointing. not one crecent kcik
     
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    Katsunori Kikuno vs Jose Aldo

    Katsunori Kikuno would win via hands down.
     
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    Kikuno's a thick muscle dude. How's he going to make 145?
     
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    He outstruck Eddie Alvarez
     
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    The fact that Ferguson had a ~10-inch reach advantage definitely played a part in him being able to tag Kikuno as much as he did in order to hurt him. After that, yeah, the hands-down thing while being hurt did him in.

    But he normally does pretty well with his counter style, which was shown in the first minute or so in the fight with Ferguson (before he got hurt), and his debut.
     

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