Daniel Sarafian drops to 170, fights Kiichi Kunimoto at UFC 174 in Vancouver

Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

TUF Brazil 1 fighter Daniel Sarafian has decided to drop to welterweight and he'll make his debut at 170 in Vancouver in June.

It looks like Daniel Sarafian will be plying his trade at welterweight from now on. The powerful Brazilian fighter has spent his seven-year, 12-fight career at middleweight, but he's looking for a change and his 170-pound debut will take place at UFC 174 in Vancouver. He'll be facing off with Japanese fighter Kiichi Kunimoto. UFC News on twitter has the...well, news (via The Province newspaper):

Sarafian, who made the finals of TUF Brazil 1 but was forced out with an injury, is 1-2 in his UFC run thus far. He lost an entertaining split decision to C.B. Dollaway in his debut, then submitted Eddie Mendez a few months later. His last bout came against the TUF Brazil 1 middleweight winner and the main he was originally supposed to fight, Cezar Ferreira. Mutante defeated him by split decision, which led to this drop to welterweight.

Kunimoto (16-5-2, 1 NC) is 1-0 in the UFC, but his win came in a pretty painful way. He was tagged with a bevy of illegal elbows by opponent Luiz Dutra at UFC Fight Night 34 in January, and was awarded a win via disqualification. The 32-year-old is on a five-fight winning streak overall.

This is the first bout that has been announced for UFC 174, which takes place on June 14th in Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

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