‘Can’t Wait To See Him Compete’: Kyoji Horiguchi Signs With Bellator
Bellator promotion’s president announced signing a new fighter in their line — Kyoji Horiguchi.
Horiguchi, a Japanese fighter, has fought in Bellator and UFC and is Rizin’s current champion. On Thursday, he signed a contract with Bellator.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) September 10, 2021
“We have signed former Bellator MMA Bantamweight World Champion Kyoji Horiguchi and I can’t wait to see him compete in our stacked bantamweight division,” Coker wrote on Twitter.
In the UFC, Horiguchi only suffered one loss, and that was against well-known fighter Demetrius Johnson, just one second before the fifth-round bell.
But he would later win against Darrion Caldwell via unanimous decision at Bellator 222. A few months later, he got another crown in Rizin, winning via punches against Kai Asakura.
He is the second man who managed to become champion in two promotions simultaneously.
Horiguchi said he had some problems while entering the Japan due to Covid-19. He talked with both promotion presidents and decided to sign the contract with the American one. He is representing one of the best MMA gyms globally, ATT (American Top Team).
“As I was forced to make a new decision, I consulted with RIZIN President Sakakibara and Scott Coker, the representative of Bellator, and decided to participate in Bellator here in the United States,” he said.
It is unknown yet what is the next for 30-year-old fighter, but some fans think that he should face Sergio Pettis, the champion of the bantamweight division.