Even with all of the talent coming over from Strikeforce as of late, the UFC has not stopped looking for new talent to fill the octagon with. The UFC announced the signing of undefeated bantamweight prospect Dustin Kimura who will debut at UFC 156. His opponent will be Chico “King” Camus who holds a record of 12-3, and picked up his first octagon win at UFC 151 by decision over Dustin Pague. Camus can have the knowledge that he has never been submitted which is something Kimura will look to test when they fight in February.
At 9-0, Kimura holds six of those wins by submission with another two in his amateur career. Also, before you ask, none of those wins have been by “kimura,” (which is named after a Masahiko Kimura) but his ground game is diverse, having wins by guillotine, rear-naked choke, triangle, armbar, and Achilles lock. Do not sleep on Kimura’s stand-up game either, since he has finished his last two opponents with strikes–including Guy Delumeau, who he knocked out cold in the third.
Camus will look to test the waters on the feet since he has to have confidence in his stand-up, because he trains at the famed Rufus Sport camp which is known for producing the kicks of Pat Barry and Anthony Pettis.
This is the perfect time for either Camus or Kimura to make a move in the bantamweight division. At 135, the division would seem to be put on hold with current champion Dominick Cruz out with a second ACL injury, but with the interim title floating around, anyone could hold it when Cruz gets back. An impressive win in this bout could give either fighter a chance to face the top of the division as they sit and wait for the return of Cruz.