When prospects make the leap in competition and fights in the octagon for the first time, there is a chance they succumb to what Joe Rogan likes to refer to as “octagon shock”
However that was not the case for Japanese MMA prospect and Shooto champion Kyoji Horiguchi, who made his UFC debut against Dustin Pauge. Despite “The Disciple” controlling the most of the first round, Horiguchi would come into the second stanza and deliver a hard shot that sent his opponent to the canvas.
After Horiguchi delivered some textbook ground-and-pound, the referee stopped the fight and the Shooto champion earned his first UFC victory. With this latest victory, Horiguchi extends his winning streak to six. Not only was this UFC debut, but also Horiguchi was fighting for the first time outside of his home country of Japan.
I think Horiguchi will bring some excitement and power to the bantamweight division, which could please the fans who complain about the lack of power in the small weight classes. I would propose him facing “Kid” Yamamoto, if the two were not already training together.
This win will be the first of many for the Shooto champion. If he can string a couple more impressive victories in the octagon, Horiguchi could become a top contender in the UFC’s 135-pound division.
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