Kyoji Horiguchi

Video: Does champ Sergio Pettis or challenger Kyoji Horiguchi have more to lose at Bellator 272?

" The stakes don’t get any higher this Friday inside the Bellator cage. On Friday’s main event, Sergio Pettis will enter as Bellator bantamweight champion seeking to record his first title defense. On the other side of the cage will be Kyoji Horiguchi, the man who previously held the...

‘I will get the belt back’: Kyoji Horiguchi confident he’ll beat Sergio Pettis, reclaim throne at Bellator 272

" Kyoji Horiguchi has his eyes set on recapturing the Bellator bantamweight title. On Friday, Horiguchi (29-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will face bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis (21-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 272, hoping to recapture the title he never lost inside the cage. The...

Kyoji Horiguchi says he’s ‘real champion’ entering Bellator 272 title fight vs. Sergio Pettis

Kyoji Horiguchi is out to get back the Bellator championship belt he never lost. Horiguchi (29-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who defeated Darrion Caldwell to win the bantamweight title at in June 2019, decided to vacate it just months later after sustaining a serious knee injury that required surgery. Horiguchi...

‘Babysitting’ title Kyoji Horiguchi never lost, Sergio Pettis says ‘real’ champ is decided at Bellator 272

" Sergio Pettis is realistic about the optics of his bantamweight title reign. However, he knows he can wipe the slate clean with a win over Kyoji Horiguchi in the Bellator 272 main event. Pettis (21-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) will put his belt on the line against Horiguchi (29-3...

Duke Roufus: Sergio Pettis has a few tricks up his sleeve for Kyoji Horiguchi’s ‘awkward’ style

" Duke Roufus is excited for the striking battle between Sergio Pettis and Kyoji Horiguchi. Pettis (21-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) puts his bantamweight title on the line against former Bellator and RIZIN champion Horiguchi (29-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 272, which takes place on...

Scott Coker announces Bellator signing of former champion Kyoji Horiguchi to bantamweight division

One of the most exciting fighters in the game today, who recently became a free agent, wasn’t on the market for long. On Thursday evening, Bellator president Scott Coker announced the promotion has signed Kyoji Horiguchi to compete in the bantamweight division, ending his short free agent status, and...

Scott Coker says Kyoji Horiguchi ‘owes us a fight,’ hints at Bellator title bout in 2021

The coronavirus may have forced them apart for the time being, but the relationship between Bellator and Kyoji Horiguchi is far from over. Horiguchi (29-3) reached his career apex when he defeated Darrion Caldwell twice to win the Rizin FF and Bellator bantamweight belts and become a simultaneous two-promotion...

MMA Junkie’s 2020 ‘Comeback Fighter of the Year’: Sean Strickland wins big after accident

No matter what happens in his career from here on out, Sean Strickland already defied the odds. In a since-deleted December 2018 Instagram post, Strickland revealed he was in a crash. “I was riding back from Kings (MMA), and I got in an accident,” it read. “It wasn’t my...

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