Kyoji Horiguchi indicators with Bellator MMA after vacating RIZIN bantamweight title

Only a few days after vacating the RIZIN Bantamweight title and saying his free company, Kyoji Horoguchi has discovered a brand new residence. Properly, it’s return of types because the dominate 135-pound fighter has re-signed a deal to compete for Bellator MMA.

Horiguchi received the RIZIN title in December 2018 solely to vacate it resulting from damage. He then went on to win the division title for Bellator six months later by defeating Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 222. He as soon as once more vacated the title resulting from one other damage. 18 months later, “The Supernova” was champion as soon as extra after successful the RIZIN title a second time with a win over Kai Asakura.

Horiguchi — who didn’t win the UFC Flyweight title in opposition to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 186 — now joins a stacked 135-pound division below the Bellator MMA banner which is now spearheaded by Sergio Pettis, who received the title with a dominant win over Juan Archuleta at Bellator 258.

Whereas there isn’t any present timetable for Horiguchi’s subsequent battle, there have been talks of Bellator staging a Bantamweight Grand Prix someday in early 2022 as soon as the promotion concludes its Gentle Heavyweight match. Ought to that come to go, Horiguchi will clearly be one of many huge favorites to achieve the finals.

After all, that’s assuming Scott Coker and Co. don’t give him a right away shot at Pettis, first.


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