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

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

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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.