The black belt in karate Kyoji Horiguchi entered this fight with a mma record of 27-2-0 (63% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.4 bantamweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Henry Cejudo). He suffered his last loss when he faced former Ufc Flw champion Demetrious Johnson in 2015 (Johnson vs Horiguchi), since then he has won twelve consecutive bouts beating Hiromasa Ogikubo, Darrion Caldwell (in their first fight in December 2018, Darrion Caldwell vs Kyoji Horiguchi I) and Ben Nguyen in his last three (Kyoji Horiguchi vs Ben Nguyen).
His opponent, the Bellator Bw champion Darrion Caldwell, has an official record of 13-2-0 (54% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.12 in the same weight class. Before losing to Horiguchi at the end of 2018, in the same year, he had beat Leandro Higo in March (Darrion Caldwell vs Leandro Higo) and Noad Lahat in August (Darrion Caldwell vs Noad Lahat). Horiguchi vs Caldwell 2 is valid for the Bellator Bantamweight title (Caldwell’s second defense); undercard of Rory MacDonald vs Neiman Gracie – Bellator 222. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: Bellator 222: MacDonald vs. Gracie
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, USA
Division: bantamweight (135 lbs, 61 kg)
Title: Bellator Bantamweight Championship
Horiguchi’s previous fight: Kyoji Horiguchi vs Ben Nguyen
Caldwell’s previous fight: Darrion Caldwell vs Kyoji Horiguchi I
Horiguchi vs Caldwell 2 full fight video:
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