Kyoji Horiguchi Leaves UFC For Rizin

Talented flyweight contender Kyoji Horiguchi has left the UFC after completing his current contract and has now signed for Japanese promotion Rizin instead.

Horiguchi had originally hoped to sign a new deal to remain in the Octagon, but the offer he was made was considered to be unacceptably low and so he opted to became a free agent last week and has quickly found himself a new home to continue his fighting career.

This is a big blow for the UFC’s 125lb division as the 26 year-old had been a key player in the upper reaches of the weight class, having registered a 7-1 run in the Octagon, with his only loss coming by way of a fifth round submission against dominant champion Demetrious Johnson in April of 2015.

Since then he’s racked up a trio of wins and was holding down the No.3 spot on the UFC’s official flyweight rankings.

It’s believed that Horiguchi will now go up against Yuki Motoya, a fighter with an 18-4 record, in his Rizin debut on April 16th in Japan.

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