Hioki hoping to inspire fellow Japanese fighters

by Tim Ngo | source: 5thround.com

Great expectations followed Hatsu Hioki  when the featherweight signed with the UFC. Little did fight fans know, the Japanese star is attempting to revitalize an entire nation’s future in mixed martial arts.

“Japanese MMA is not dead, it’s time to change,” Hioki claimed after his win over George Roop."

“I think I will be really happy if all the Japanese people watching my fight were encouraged by my fight,” Hioki expressed at the post-event press conference. “Basically, the rules were different, but I believe there’s going to be a possibility that many Japanese fighters will be victorious in this event.”

“Whether you’re Japanese, Brazilian, Croatian or whatever, this is a tough place to fight. All the best fighters in the world fight here from all over the world. I wouldn’t point out one certain spot on the map and say, ‘Oh, these guys aren’t doing well.’”

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LTL site profile image  

10/31/11 11:58 AM by LTL

 In case Chris denies it.

Kirik site profile image  

10/31/11 11:49 AM by Kirik

 Chris is going to have to work through lunch for that.

West Coast Nancy site profile image  

10/31/11 11:47 AM by West Coast Nancy

if they fight like Hioki did, then we don't want them...cue Leben quote

PembrokePinesVillain site profile image  

10/31/11 11:46 AM by PembrokePinesVillain

they ment jello i think

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10/31/11 11:46 AM by EasyTapper

A news site full of typos is absolute madness as well.

rosario00 site profile image  

10/31/11 11:40 AM by rosario00

It will inspire Japanese fighters to either stay in Japan or pursue a different career

Steve4192 site profile image  

10/31/11 11:31 AM by Steve4192

I love me some Hioki and I still believe, but I doubt that performance inspired anyone.

ShaqNoob site profile image  

10/31/11 11:13 AM by ShaqNoob

gellow? did you mean yellow? oh fellow, I get it..

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10/31/11 11:13 AM by ajsr

Having no cage in your primary gym is absolute madness.