Katsunori Kikuno! Master Of The Mikazuki Geri
“I want to become a cool person who helps people in trouble all around the world. I want to make my soul shine.”
To become like the hero’s in manga, to make those dreams come true, he’ll try his best in MMA…
Name: Katsunori Kikuno
Born: October 30th, 1981
Height: 170 cm
Background: Kyokushin Karate & Judo
MMA Record: 12-1-1
Amateur MMA Record: 0-0-2
Amateur Kickboxing Record: 1-0
The “Road To HERO” Begins
Kikuno’s first martial art was Judo during his high school days. He placed 3rd in a Kyushu 66kg Tournament and 1st in a Kagoshima Prefecture 66kg Tournament.
After graduating from high school, Kikuno entered Koyokushin Karate which he studied for 5 years. He trained under Karateka’s such as the legendary Hitoshi Kiyama, who among other titles won the 8th World Tournament in 2003 (defeating Karateka’s such as Lechi Kurbanov and current K-1 fighter Ewerton Teixeira).
Kikuno’s Kyokushin Karate titles include 1st place in an All-Kyushu Tournament and All-Kansai Tournament (both open-weight tournaments), and a best 16 spot in the middle division of an All-Japan Tournament.
The 5th Generation DEEP LW Champion
In 2004, Kikuno entered MMA as he joined Tsuyoshi Kohsaka’s A-Square gym. His MMA career began in 2005, when he fought in ZST and placed 2nd in the 76kg DEEP Future King Tournament.
After that is a success story. Winning fight after fight in DEEP, gaining fans, and becoming the 5th generation DEEP Lightweight champion after winning a 4-man tournament in 2009. At that time, Kikuno was finally invited to DREAM, one of the biggest MMA events in the world…
Realizing A DREAM
Kikuno did not receive an easy fight in his DREAM debut. On July 20th he faced Brazilian Andre Dida at DREAM.10 in the Saitama Super Arena. After getting knocked down early, Kikuno kept his cool and eventually got the fight to the ground where he quickly ended the fight to take his first victory in DREAM.
The Crescent Kick
What sets Kikuno apart from other fighters is his stance and his powerful kicks, especially his Mikazuki Geri (Crescent Kick). The best way to understand it is to see it.
DEEP 29 Impact: vs. Takuhiro Kamikozono – April 13th