Hideo Tokoro is Bellator bound, the promotion confirmed today. He will make his debut later in the year.
Tokoro has a career that spans 14 years in MMA. He recently helped launch GlandSlam as the main event, and headlined in VTJ. Before that, he was a ZST mainstay who transitioned to the big leagues of K-1 Hero’s and DREAM. Tokoro has fought in bouts ranging from flyweight to lightweight in a whopping 61 professional matches.
Tokoro got noticed by the world with defeats over Brad Pickett and Royler Gracie; he also claims victories over Masakazu Imanari, Yoshiro Maeda, Rumina Sato, and Darren Uyenoyama.
The submission ace counts 18 submissions of his 32 wins, and always engages to finish. While he has lost his last two, this is what makes him desirable to the big stage of Bellator. Bellator President Scott Coker said,
“Hideo Tokoro has been one of the most exciting fighters in Japan over the last decade and is always looking to finish and put on explosive fights. Tokoro is exactly the type of fighter we are looking for and should be a solid addition to our bantamweight roster.”
Tokoro in ally gets his spot to shine on the international stage, and he’s aware of the golden opportunity give to him,
“It’s truly a dream come true to be a part of Bellator MMA. I have a great amount of respect for Scott Coker and what he has done in the industry, and I will do my best to establish a new career in Bellator MMA.’