The UFC on Monday significantly bolstered its middleweight division, announcing the signing of ranked 185-pounder Denis Kang, who finally comes to the world’s premiere MMA organization after compiling a 31-10-1 record in a variety of promotions, including PRIDE, DREAM, and Spirit MC.
“I’m a pretty aggressive guy,” said Kang. “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.”
One of the top middleweight fighters not signed to a long-term deal, Kang has agreed to a four-fight contract with the UFC and will make his promotional debut in early-2009.
An immediate contender for the middleweight title currently held by Anderson Silva, Kang has his eyes on the champ and the rest of the promotion’s 185-pound class.
“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. “But it’s a deep division. I’ve been scoping it out and there’s some solid, solid talent in there.”
A Canadian native, Kang brings a two-fight win streak to the UFC, last defeating UFC veteran Marvin Eastman via first-round knockout in late-October.