Bellator-Rizin Brass Talk About Bellator 222 Title Fight
On Monday it was announced that Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell will return to the Bellator cage in a rematch against Rizin bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi.
Horiguchi would stop the Bellator champion when they faced off in December at Rizin 14, for Horiguchi’s title. Now, Caldwell put his title up on the line inside the world’s most famous arena on June 14th.
“I know Darrion has been itching to show the world that his first matchup with Horiguchi was a fluke,” Bellator President Scott Coker said in a press release on Tuesday.
“I think there will be an added level of intensity from Darrion now that the first fight is in the books and he’s getting a shot at redemption in the U.S., inside the Bellator cage and just a short ride away from where he grew up in New Jersey. I’m excited to continue our collaboration with Rizin and to bring one of their highest profile fighters to Bellator.”
Horiguchi has amassed an impressive resume across the UFC and Rizin, where h’s gone 9-0 since signing with the Japanese promotion in 2017.
The current bantamweight champion returns to action after defeating fellow UFC alum Ben Nguyen in April. Talking up his champion, Rizin President Nobuyuki Sakakibara is excited about the June 14th title fight.
“I am very happy and excited to see Rizin champion Kyoji Horiguchi fight Bellator champion Darrion Caldwell for the prestigious Bellator world bantamweight title,” Sakakibara said.
“The fans have always wanted to see who is the best in the world, and now they will get opportunities to see who really is the world’s best with this rematch. We hope this action between Bellator and Rizin can provide the industry with more thrilling and appealing matchups, eventually leading to the popularity gain of this sport.”