The final preliminary bout of the event will feature Featherweight combatants as Katsunori Kikuno battles TUF champion Diego ‘DB’ Brandao.
Brandao is coming off a win over Jimy Hettes which ended a 2-fight losing streak- he is now 5-3 inside the Octagon.
Kikuno is 1″ taller, but Brandao will have a 2″ reach advantage.
A BJJ Black bet, Brandao has recorded 10 of his 19 wins by knockout along with 5 submissions.
Kikuno is a Black belt in both Judo and Kyokushin Karate with 15 of his 23 wins coming inside the distance (12 knockouts and 3 subs).
With an unorthodox style, Kikuno has had mixed results in the UFC.
He carries his hands low and moves forward with limited head movement. Look for him to lead with his right hand and counter with it as well. Against Sicilia, he brutalized Sam’s legs with blistering low kicks to the inside and outside.