Kyoji Horiguchi Plans to Beat Darrion Caldwell Then Take His Bellator Title • MMA News

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Kyoji Horiguchi Plans to Beat Darrion Caldwell Then Take His Bellator Title • MMA News

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Kyoji Horiguchi is all in regards to the greatest alternatives obtainable to him.

The previous UFC flyweight title contender has been operating rampant in RIZIN since signing there final yr with seven straight wins in blended martial arts together with a run by way of the primary ever bantamweight grand prix.

Horiguchi even accepted a problem earlier this yr towards 20-year outdated kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa simply because he may.

Now Horiguchi has arguably essentially the most excessive profile combat of his profession on deck at New 12 months’s Eve at RIZIN 14 the place he faces Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell in a uncommon crossover occasion between promotions.

This was yet another uncommon alternative that Horiguchi simply had to leap at.

“I’m happy to face the Bellator champion [Darrion] Caldwell. I have very good motivation for myself to face him and also this is a great test for myself to see how much I can do against those top notch fighters,” Horiguchi mentioned when talking to MMANews.

“I’m very interested to face the champion of other promotions. I’m very excited to see the fight myself because I’m always looking to be the best fighter in the world and this is a good test. I’m very happy to have this fight.”

Now there’s little question that this might be an uphill climb for Horiguchi as a result of he’ll be giving up plenty of measurement to the previous NCAA wrestling champion.

Caldwell only recently competed as a featherweight in Bellator and could have 5 inches of top over the Japanese famous person once they face off. Add to that, Caldwell is a world class wrestler and Horiguchi is aware of he’s in for a really robust matchup once they conflict in December.

“He’s a top wrestler and has very good ground technique,” Horiguchi mentioned about Caldwell. “Of course, my wrestling game has improved since I moved to [American Top Team] but it’s very difficult to face because he has long legs and long arms. I’m just going to make sure to have a very good game plan to face him.”

Whereas Caldwell could have some bodily benefits, Horiguchi remains to be assured that he can overcome him with a greater talent set, particularly when it comes to his placing.

If all goes effectively on Dec. 31, Horiguchi will turn out to be the RIZIN bantamweight champion however he received’t be completed by simply profitable one championship title.

“After I win the fight, I want to go to Bellator in the U.S. and challenge the Bellator champion there. This one is for the RIZIN title belt,” Horiguchi mentioned.

For now, Horiguchi will start making ready for the showdown with Caldwell in Japan as they face off in one of many featured bouts on the RIZIN 14 card that will even showcase a particular exhibition match between Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa.

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