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The UFC’s talent-rich middleweight division just
got a lot more interesting on Monday with the official signing of Denis
Kang, a 10-year pro who has competed internationally in the PRIDE,
Spirit MC, and Pancrase organizations, among others, in an impressive
career that will finally make its stop in the world-renowned Octagon.“Everybody
always asked me, ‘Denis, when are we gonna see you in the UFC? When can
I see you on pay-per-view?’” said Kang. “And I always said, ‘I don’t
know. I’m fighting in Japan, you can catch it on youtube or on two-week
delay, but not live.’ (Laughs) And honestly, that was a big factor. I
want to fight in North America and get some exposure over here. Plus,
all the best fighters are moving towards the UFC, so if I want to be
the best, I need to fight the best, and for that I have to be in the
UFC.”Fresh off a 48 second TKO of UFC vet Marvin Eastman on
October 25th, Kang’s signing created a sizeable internet buzz when
revealed on Monday, and took the 31-year old by surprise a bit.“My
phone was ringing off the hook,” said the American Top Team member,
“but I’m honored that people are making such a big deal out of it.”And
for longtime fight fans, having Kang in the UFC is a big deal. A truly
international fighter who was born to a Korean father and French mother
on the French island of St Pierre of Miquelon but raised in Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada, Kang has been involved in martial arts for
much of his life. He turned pro in MMA in 1998, submitting Eric Harcrow
in just 15 seconds, and hasn’t looked back since, compiling a 31-10-1
record over the last decade.“I’m a pretty aggressive guy,” said
the 5 foot 11 Kang in describing his style. “I like to get in there and
try to finish fights right away, but I can go the distance as well.
I’ve been called explosive and athletic and I think that’s portrayed
quite a bit in my fighting style. And I’m also pretty well-rounded.
I’ve got a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but I train a lot with
wrestlers and standup fighters, and it’s weird, but I’m a
jiu-jitsu-based guy who wins most of my fights standing.”Blessed
with impressive power, an exciting style, and a submission game that
has accounted for 15 of his wins, Kang has also drawn raves from fansfor
never shying away from top competition, having fought a Who’s Who of
the sport that includes Joe Doerksen, Dennis Hallman, Jason Miller,
Andrei Semenov, Mark Weir, Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua, Amar Suloev, Akihiro
Gono, Kazuo Misaki, Yoshiro Akiyama, and Gegard Mousasi.Now
he’ll get a chance to test himself against a talent-rich UFC
middleweight division, and possibly against the man who currently rules
the 185-pounders, champion Anderson Silva.“I think right now
Anderson is number one in the world without a doubt and I don’t think
anybody would dispute that,” said Kang of the champ. “But it’s a deep
division. I’ve been scoping it out and there’s some solid, solid talent
in there.”

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