The UFC added another middleweight to its already deep division.
The promotion signed former PRIDE and current SpiritMC fighter Denis Kang to a four-fight contract, MMAjunkie.com reports.
Kang will likely make his Octagon debut early next year.
"I just think timing wise, it was a good point in his career (to sign with the UFC)," American Top Team General Manager Richie Guerriero said. "He's always had his eye on the UFC, but with his commitment to SpiritMC, and with him fighting for PRIDE at the time, it just never happened."
Kang was a runner-up in the 2006 PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix and embarked on a 23-fight undefeated streak from April 2003 to November 2006 to put him among the top five middleweights. After losing three out of his next four fights, Kang has since come back to win his last two, including a knockout of Marvin Eastman at Raw Combat: Redemption on Oct. 25.
While fighting with the South Korea-based SpiritMC promotion, Kang won the heavyweight title in 2004, claiming his success would serve as a stepping stone for entry into the UFC.
Overseas, Kang didn't receive the sponsors or publicity of a typical UFC titleholder, and Guerriero said it was a good time for Kang to "get some exposure here in America."
Though the ATT manager was still unclear as to the specifics of the UFC contract, he did say Kang will likely continue to fight for SpiritMC.
- UFC inks middleweight Denis Kang to four-fight deal (MMAjunkie.com)