Kiichi Kunimoto lined up for Bellator 223

Kiichi Kunimoto is heading to Bellator.

UFC and RIZIN welterweight Kiichi Kunimoto has a date for his Bellator debut.

After signing with the organisation earlier this year, the Japanese veteran is now set to face Ed Ruth at Bellator 223 in Oklahoma on 12 July, according to US website The Score.

Since a split decision loss to Zak Ottow at UFC Fight Night Auckland, Kunimoto (20-7-2) has built a two-fight win streak under the RIZIN umbrella.

Ruth (6-1) will be looking to rebound from his first professional loss to Neiman Gracie at Bellator 213. Prior to that, the 28-year-old was riding an impressive six fight win streak.

Kunimoto will follow in the footsteps of two RIZIN fighters who debut on next week’s Bellator 222 card.

Kyoji Horiguchi will face Darrion Caldwell for the 135lbs title while Rena Kubota faces Lindsey VanZandt in a strawweight showdown.


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