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Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Sergio Pettis 2 introduced for RIZIN 47 in June


Kyoji Horiguchi will get the prospect to avenge a loss to Sergio Pettis later this summer season in RIZIN.

Kyoji Horiguchi, Sergio Pettis

‘The Storm’ is recent off a rematch with Makoto Takahashi at RIZIN 45 in December. That combat was his second in a row with the Japanese fighter, beforehand combating to a no-contest in July that led to an eye fixed poke. Within the second bout, Kyoji Horiguchi wasted no time, securing a second-round submission victory.

Within the course of, Kyoji Horiguchi gained RIZIN flyweight gold. Regardless of some hypothesis that he would head to the UFC afterward, he’s seemingly determined to remain in Japan. Earlier at the moment, it was introduced that Horiguchi will face former Bellator bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis at RIZIN 47 on June ninth.

The announcement was made, alongside a slew of different bouts on social media. Regardless of Kyoji Horiguchi profitable flyweight gold his final day trip, this rematch can be taking place at 135 kilos. For Sergio Pettis, he’ll get the prospect to go 2-0 in opposition to the present champion, in his first combat within the RIZIN ring.

The 2 first met at Bellator 272 in December 2021. That combat was largely dominated by Kyoji Horiguchi, and he was main on the scorecards heading into the championship rounds. Nonetheless, in spherical 4, Sergio Pettis handed the Japanese star a knockout loss after a brutal spinning backfist.

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Sergio Pettis, Bellator, Kyoji Horiguchi

Sergio Pettis KO’s Kyoji Horiguchi

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Sergio Pettis official for RIZIN 47 on June ninth in Tokyo

Whereas Kyoji Horiguchi has had a variety of success these days, Sergio Pettis hasn’t fought a lot since their 2021 bout. After profitable the Bellator bantamweight title, ‘The Phenom’ spent a 12 months out of motion. Pettis returned to the cage handy Patricio Pitbull a unanimous resolution defeat in June 2023. That defeat prevented the Brazilian from profitable gold in a historic third weight class.

Nonetheless, Sergio Pettis later misplaced his bantamweight title to Patchy Combine final November, struggling a second-round submission defeat. Six months later, he’ll get the prospect to return in opposition to a well-recognized foe within the RIZIN ring. Pettis’ rematch with Kyoji Horiguchi would be the first combat away from Bellator since 2019.

Nonetheless, Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Sergio Pettis 2 was not the one combat introduced earlier at the moment. RIZIN officers additionally introduced a conflict between former champions, as Juan Archuleta and Kleber Koike Erbst will collide. 145-pounders Karshyga Dautbek and Tetsuya Seki will meet on June ninth as nicely.

What do you make of this RIZIN combat announcement? Who do you’ve gotten on this rematch? Kyoji Horiguchi or Sergio Pettis?

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