Denis Kang has confirmed to The Fight Network that he will be competing at DREAM.5 which is scheduled to take place on July 21 at Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. This will be Kang’s final fight on his current DREAM contract. He will participate in a non-tournament bout and his opponent has yet to be named.
Kang has dropped his last two bouts to Yoshihiro Akiyama, which gave him his first knockout loss, and Gegard Mousasi, which elimanted him from the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix where he was considered to be one of the favorites. Prior to that, Kang ripped off a rare 21 fight win streak until he lost a split decision to Kazuo Misaki and PRIDE’s Bushido 13. Losing three of his last four bouts has led to questions of what has gone wrong?
“It was a bunch of different things,” Kang said. “I found my focus again. I kind of lost it for a little while. I’m training hard. I just can’t wait to fight again and to get to Montreal and really train hard with those guys.”
One factor Kang pointed to was his continued separation from his American Top Team training facility in Coconut Creek, Fla. Visa issues stemming from a misdemeanor criminal charge have made it impossible for Kang to re-enter the United States, despite the fact he has lived there since 2005. A victim of increased security measures implemented after the 9/11 attacks, Kang remains hopeful his lawyer will have the issues sorted out by year’s end.