Bellator indicators former champ Kyoji Horiguchi to bantamweight division

One of the crucial thrilling fighters within the sport as we speak, who just lately grew to become a free agent, wasn’t in the marketplace for lengthy.

On Thursday night, Bellator president Scott Coker introduced the promotion has signed Kyoji Horiguchi to compete within the bantamweight division, ending his quick free agent standing, and scooping up one of many hottest fighters on the planet.

Coker launched the next assertion via Twitter:

We have now signed former @BellatorMMA Bantamweight World Champion @Kyoji1012 Horiguchi and I can’t wait to see him compete in our stacked bantamweight division.

Horiguchi (29-3 MMA) as soon as held the Bellator bantamweight title by defeating Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 222 in a cross-promotional title bout together with his former promotion, Rizin FF. Coker beforehand said he needed to work with Horiguchi once more because the title was by no means defended.

Throughout his tenure with Rizin, Horiguchi amassed a report of 10-1 in MMA competitors, whereas additionally competing in a showcase kickboxing match towards Tenshin Nasukawa. He additionally claimed the bantamweight title with the promotion by defeating Kai Asakura at Rizin 26.

Horiguchi made waves throughout his UFC tenure as a bantamweight and flyweight fighter, placing collectively a report of 7-1, which included a title shot towards then-champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 186.

The present Bellator bantamweight champion is Sergio Pettis, who Horiguchi has already expressed curiosity in combating in hopes of reclaiming the title that he relinquished in 2019.

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