Ren Hiramoto earns his first swing in mixed martial arts (MMA).
The kickboxing ring was home to the striking young sensation before he decided it was time to pursue a new path. Hiramoto, 24, dazzled in K-1 as a featherweight star before making his MMA debut on Dec. 31, 2020.
Unfortunately for him, two losses started Hiramoto’s run. Earlier this month (November 6, 2022), however, he earned his first winning streak, battling seasoned veteran Satoshi “Dominator” Yamasu to perfection, earning a unanimous decision in the main event of RIZIN Landmark 4. .
Hiramoto still has work to do before challenging champions. Either way, he still has big goals in mind for his career.
“Certainly I would love to be a UFC champion, but I would love to establish myself as an absolute fear in Japan first,” Hiramoto told MMA Mania on BROADENED HORIZIN. “Then we’ll go to the UFC and beat all these top guys and become a champion. So I look at myself a bit like a movie. I think I can achieve this.
“I’m really like Jiri [Prochazka] because he’s the type of fighter that makes you feel “brutal”. I really like that, so I’m really looking forward to being like him in the UFC.
When it comes to RIZIN champions achieving the highest levels of success, current UFC Light Heavyweight kingpin Prochazka is one of the prime examples.
Like “Denisa,” Hiramoto’s strengths lie in his striking abilities, which has seen him train with Rufusport and the likes of Bellator bantamweight title roster Sergio Pettis in 2021. Defending The Tokyo, Japan native’s wrestling has improved dramatically over his last two outings, and he only intends to get better thanks to his desire to evolve.
“I was injured before the fight [with Yamasu], I hurt my foot,” Hiramoto said. “So first I have to heal this injury and of course now I’m back in combat mode and I would like [carry on] this momentum and let us fight as soon as possible. However, I would still like to go back to America and train because at this point in my career, if I go back to America, I think I can see a different landscape. In terms of different training and things like that. So I would like to do that too. »
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