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Goiti Yamauchi Wants to Convert a Bellator 144 Win into a Title Shot

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Having been a year since his last fight, Bellator featherweight Goiti Yamauchi has spent much of his time improving and developing his game.

Four years into his pro MMA career, Yamauchi is coming into his physical prime, and he feels it shows in his growth as a fighter.

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“It was a good time to learn a lot of things, to become stronger mentally and physically,” Yamauchi told MMAWeekly.com. “Now I’m 22. I’ve learned a lot of things in life and in my career.

“I have to work on everything. I’m good on the ground and good on the feet, but every fight you have to be ready for everything. The smart fighter will win the fight, and I really believe that I am that guy.”

Yamauchi (18-2) will finally return to action on Friday at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., when he takes on former King of Pancrase Isao Kobayashi (18-2-4) in a 145-pound showdown.

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Source:: mmaweekly