A veteran of DREAM, ZST, and Hero’s, Tokoro has competed against notable legends in the sport–including Royce Gracie–and has defeated some of the sports’ biggest names such as Rumina Sato, Masakazu Imanari, Brad Pickett, and Royler Gracie. His accolade came in 2011, when he won the Dream bantamweight grand prix—defeating Yoshiro Maeda, Atsushi Yamamoto, and Imanari. Having competed in MMA since 2000, the exciting 14-year veteran has fought in the lightweight, featherweight, and bantamweight classes, he also holds 18 submission victories of his 32 career wins.
The 36 year old, Tokoro has competed the majority of his bouts in his native Japan, he will now return to fight in the States for first time since 2007. Tokoro enters Bellator on a two-fight losing streak, recently suffering a loss to Victor Henry in July of 2014.
Hideo Tokoro is expected to make his Bellator debut in late 2014.