Horiguchi went 7-1 in the UFC with his only loss being to top pound-for-pound fighter in Demetrious Johnson. During his free agency, he left the UFC as a top ranked flyweight contender, and continued his tear in Rizin. This is when he moved up in weight and won the promotion’s Bantamweight Grand Prix to extended his win streak to eight fights.
McCall also left the UFC on his own terms, but his string of bad luck continued when he lost via doctor stoppage after he got cut by the ring rope on his Rizin debut. He still gets a shot at the top dog tonight, in what should be an entertaining scrap between former UFC top contenders.
The event will have an online PPV stream here, that will start at 1:30 a.m. ET.
Rizin 10 Pukuoka Fight Card:
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Ian McCall via KO (punch), R1
Tenshin Nasukawa def. Yusaku Nakamura via TKO, R2 (kickboxing)
Kanna Asakura def. Melissa Sophia Karagianis via unanimous decision
Yusuke Yachi def. Diego Nunes via split decision
Daron Cruickshank def. Koshi Matsumoto via KO (head kick), R1
Issei Ishii def. Daishin Sakai via unanimous decision (kickboxing)
Kai Asakura def. Manel Kape via split decision
Ayaka Hamasaki def. Alyssa Garcia via unanimous decision
Ante Delija def. Ricardo Prasel via unanimous decision
Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Andrey Kovalev via split decision
Kanako Murata def. Lanchana Green via submission (anaconda choke), R1
Tomohiro Kitai and Darvish Kurogi fight to split draw (kickboxing)