Kyoji Horiguchi, a former champion in multiple promotions who is widely considered among the best active 135-pound fighters in the world, agreed Thursday to return to Bellator MMA. The signing of Horiguchi (29-3) was confirmed on social media by Bellator president Scott Coker as the promotion only added to a bantamweight division overflowing with depth as rumors continue to swirl regarding a possible future announcement of a Bellator World Grand Prix tournament at the weight class. Horiguchi, a 30-year-old native of Japan, is the former Bellator MMA and RIZIN bantamweight champion, having won both titles in consecutive victories over Darrion Caldwell over a six-month span ending in 2019. The first fight took place at Rizin 14 in Japan with Horiguchi winning by third-round submission while the rematch was held at Bellator 222 in New York when “The Typhoon” closed out the two-fight series across both promotions with a decision win. We have signed former @BellatorMMA Bantamweight World Champion @Kyoji1012 Horiguchi and I can't wait to see him compete in our stacked bantamweight division. pic.twitter.com/m2YKHJf2J0 — Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) September 10, 2021 Just five months after their second fight, a knee injury forced Horiguchi to vacate both titles. He returned in… Read full this story
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