Kyoji Horiguchi
26 - 2 - 0
Japan
DOB:
12-10-1990
Age:
29 years
Division:
Bantamweight
City/State:
Gunma
Promotion:
Weight
135
Height
5'5
Wins
26
Losses
2
Draws
0
  • KO/TKO
    26/13
    50%
  • SUB
    26/3
    12%
  • DEC
    26/10
    38%

Background

Horiguchi began training in karate at the age of five and was talented, as he soon began competing in full-contact competitions and went on to become a regional champion.[8] At the age of 16, Horiguchi viewed a PRIDE Fighting Championships event and became drawn to mixed martial arts. Horiguchi began training in mixed martial arts at the Krazy Bee Gym after graduating high school when he was 18 years old.[8]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Horiguchi made his professional MMA debut in 2010, winning a decision over Ranki Kawana. Prior to this, Horiguchi was Bantamweight fighter, Norifumi Yamamoto‘s sparring partner. Just two fights later he would win the Shooto 2010 Rookie Tournament, finishing Seiji Akao by TKO early in the second round.

His biggest victory up to that time would come over the 2009 Rookie Tournament runner-up, Yuta Nezu. Horiguchi’s knockout power was on display early, knocking out Nezu in the first round. His nickname is The Typhoon.

Horiguchi took on the former Shooto Bantamweight Champion, Masakatsu Ueda on January 8, 2012. Ueda controlled most of the bout with his superior grappling, nearly submitting Horiguchi numerous times. He lost by a majority decision.[9]

Horiguchi captured the Shooto Bantamweight Championship on March 16, 2013 when he defeated Hiromasa Ogikubo submitting him in the second round by rear-naked choke.[10]

On June 22, Horiguchi fought Pancrase Bantamweight Champion, Shintaro Ishiwatari, at VTJ 2nd. The two engaged in a competitive, back and forth fight. Many outlets had Ishiwatari leading on the scorecards heading into the final round. Horiguchi rallied early in the fifth round, landing a barrage of punches on Ishiwatari to force the stoppage and defend his title.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Horiguchi made his promotional debut against Dustin Pague on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166.[11] He was victorious in his debut, winning the fight via TKO in the second round.

Horiguchi was expected to face Chris Cariaso in a Flyweight bout on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169.[12] However, Horiguchi pulled out of the bout citing injury[13] and was replaced by WEC veteran Danny Martinez.[14]

Horiguchi faced Darrell Montague on May 10, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 40.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

A rescheduled bout with Chris Cariaso was expected to take place on September 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52.[16] However, Cariaso was pulled from the bout with Horiguchi in favor of a matchup with current flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 178.[17] Horiguchi instead faced Jon Delos Reyes.[18] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Horoguchi faced Louis Gaudinot on January 3, 2015 at UFC 182.[19] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Horiguchi faced Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on April 25, 2015 in the main event at UFC 186.[20] Despite doing well during the first round, Horiguchi lost the otherwise one-sided fight via an armbar submission at 4:59 of the fifth round, resulting in the latest finish in UFC history.[21]

Horiguchi faced Chico Camus at UFC Fight Night 75 on September 27, 2015.[22] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[23]

Horiguchi next faced Neil Seery on May 8, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87.[24] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[25]

Horiguchi was expected to face Ali Bagautinov on October 15, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 97.[26] However, the promotion announced on October 6 that they had cancelled the event entirely.[27][28] In turn, the pairing was quickly rescheduled and took place on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 99.[29] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

It was announced on February 17, 2017 that Horiguchi chose not to renew his contract with the UFC.

Rizin Fighting Federation

On April 16, 2017 Horiguchi made his debut in Rizin where he defeated Yuki Motoya by unanimous decision.[31]

Horiguichi next faced Hideo Tokoro in the first round of the Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix on July 30, 2017 at Rizin 6. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Horiguchi competed in the rest of the Bantamweight Grand Prix in December 2017, fighting three times over two days. In the quarter-finals, he faced Gabriel Oliviera on December 29, 2017 at Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round. He won the fight via TKO in the first round. He advanced to the next round, which was held on December 31, 2017 at Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Final Round. He faced Manel Kape in the semi-finals and won via arm-triangle choke submission in the third round. In the final, he faced Shintaro Ishiwatari and won via knockout early into the second round to become the inaugural RIZIN Bantamweight Champion.

Horiguchi faced fellow UFC veteran Ian McCall in the main event at Rizin 10 on May 6, 2018.[32] He defeated McCall just 9 seconds into the first round via KO. This was the second fastest stoppage in Rizin history.

After a 9-second knockout victory, Horiguchi made a quick turnaround to face fellow Japanese champion Hiromasa Ogikubo in a long-awaited rematch.[33] Ogikubo, the current Shooto bantamweight champion, had not lost since he last faced Horiguchi in 2013. Horiguchi won the bout via unanimous decision.

On September 30, 2018, Horiguchi fought Japanese Kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin 13 under Rizin Kickboxing rules, and lost by unanimous decision.[34]

Horiguchi faced the reigning Bellator Bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell for the vacant Rizin Bantamweight Championship at Rizin 14 on December 31, 2018.[35] He won the fight by submission via a guillotine choke.

Article source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoji_Horiguchi

UFC Fight Record
  • Result
    Fighter
    Event
    Finish
    Round
    Time
  • Win
    Fight Night 99
    DEC
    3
    5:00
  • Win
    Fight Night 87
    DEC
    3
    5:00
  • Win
    Fight Night 75
    DEC
    3
    5:00
  • Loss
    UFC 186
    SUB
    5
    4:59
  • Win
    UFC 182
    DEC
    3
    5:00
  • Win
    Fight Night 52
    TKO
    1
    3:48
  • Win
    Fight Night 40
    DEC
    3
    5:00
  • Win
    UFC 166
    TKO
    2
    3:51
MMA World Rankings
Bantamweight