Menjivar to Face Hioki at TUF: China Finale
Top MMA News has learned Ivan Menjivar will face Hatsu Hioki at the The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale, according to sources close to the fight. The bout will take place on March 1st in China.
Tristar’s Ivan Menjivar (25-11) is 4-4 in the UFC and will be heading into the bout looking to get back in the win column in 2014. After winning four out of five fights, “The Pride of El Salvador” dropped a pair of bouts in 2013. First, he was submitted by Urijah Faber and then he lost a decision to Wilson Reis. Menjivar will move up to Featherweight to fight Hioki.
Like Menjivar, Japan’s Hatsu Hioki will be looking to right his ship at The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale. The former TKO champion won his first two fights in the Octagon but has dropped his last three fights. In 2013, Hioki lost to Clay Guida and Darren Elkins by decision.
The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale will also pit the finalists of the season’s Welterweight and Featherweight tournaments. The Finale is expected to be held at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China.