In a one-sided performance, Kyoji Horiguchi brought another win for the American promotion when he defeated Hiromasa Ougikubo at Rizin vs. Bellator. After three rounds, the ‘Typhoon’ was not able to secure a finish, but scored a dominant unanimous decision win. On Twitter, pundits and fighters enjoyed the contest.
Kyoji Horiguchi drops Hiromasa Ougikubo, and follows up with a barrage of shots between the ropes.— Andy Stevenson (@andyste123) December 31, 2022
Referee Jason Herzog was watching closely, but Ougikubo managed to survive to the bell.
Beautiful violence from Horiguchi thus far.#BellatorvsRizin pic.twitter.com/wmFhSQ7h7d
Kyoji Horiguchi drops Hiromasa Ougikubo and then proceeds to lean out of the ring and continues punching him to try for the finish.— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) December 31, 2022
Horiguchi is such a monster at flyweight. #BellatorvsRizin
Horiguchi reiterates he’s Ougikubo’s black beast as he overcomes his longterm rival for the third time in their respective careers. Bellator is 3-0 on the leaderboard, which means it’s a TKO victory for the American promotion #Rizin40 #RizinvsBellator— Sherdog (@sherdogdotcom) December 31, 2022
Bellator should almost certainly improve to 3-0 after that performance from Horiguchi. Despite representing Bellator at the event, Horiguchi has been active in both promotions.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 31, 2022
Horiguchi bags the trilogy. 3-0 Bellator. Champion vs Champion fight next. Pitbull has the one shot KO power & has no holes in his game. Koike is on a 7 fight submission win streak with 27 of his 31 wins being by sub. #BellatorvsRizin @BellatorMMA @rizin_English— MMA Gone Wild (@mmagonewild) December 31, 2022