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Katsunori Kikuno is a Japanesemixed martial arts fighter, and currently fighting for DREAM. Kikuno is a practitioner of traditional martial arts and is the current DEEP Lightweight Champion. Kikuno started his martial arts training with Judo when he was in high school, he was able to take 3rd place in the Kyushu 66 kg tournament and 1st in the Kagoshima Prefecture 66 kg tournament. After graduating from high school Kikuno took up Kyokushin Karate where he took 1st in the all Kyushu Tournament and a best 16 spot in the middle division of an All-Japan Tournament, Kikuno was trained under Hitoshi Kiyama. He joined Tsuyoshi Kohsaka’s A-Square MMA team in 2004 and began his career in 2005.