Former Shooto champion and UFC star Kyoji Horiguchi is dropping from bantamweight to flyweight for his next fight.
In his debut at 125 pounds, Horiguchi will face Chris Cariaso at UFC 169, Feb. 1, 2014.
Horiguchi is coming off of a successful UFC debut after knocking out Dustin “The Disciple” Pague, in the second round, back in October. With his win over Pauge, the Japanese fighter is riding a six-fight winning streak including a win over Tachi Palace Fights Bantamweight champion Ian Loveland.
With eight knockout victories, as well as a background in boxing and karate, Horiguchi brings some power to the flyweight division as long as he does not have difficulty cutting weight before the fight.
Although Cariaso has been 1-2 in his last three fights, his experience in the octagon and durability will make him a good challenge for the former Shooto champion.
If Horiguchi defeats Cariaso, who recently defeated Illiarde Santos, it would guarantee him a match against a more prominent fighter in the UFC’s flyweight division.
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