The Ultimate Fighting Championship has made some big signings in the recent weeks, and it looks like they aren’t quite done yet. According to MMA Fighting, the UFC has signed Shooto world title holder Hernani Perpetuo (17-3, 1 no-contest).
Perpetuo, who trains with UFC champs Jose Aldo and Renan Barao at Nova Unaio, is expected to make his promotional debut in early 2014.
“I’ve signed a contract with the UFC today,” Perpetuo told MMAFighting.com. ”I already expected to sign with a major promotion after I won the Shooto title, and I’m looking forward my first fight. I have to win my first fight and then climb the rankings step by step. The Shooto title was very important to open doors and get me in the UFC.”
With a few wins inside of the octagon, Perpetuo could give the UFC yet another talented contender in the welterweight division.
The UFC’s welterweight title is currently set to be defended at UFC 167 in just over two weeks, whenever Georges St-Pierre takes on No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks.