Kyoji Horiguchi-Kai Asakura Rematch Announced for Rizin’s New Year’s Eve Event
By: Tristen Critchfield Oct 12, 2019
Horiguchi and Kai Asakura
are going to lock horns for a second time, this time with the Rizin
Fighting Federation bantamweight title on the line.
Promotion CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced that the rematch has
been scheduled for New Year’s Eve during the Rizin 19 broadcast on
Saturday. The card will take place on Dec. 31 at Saitama Super
Arena in Saitama Japan.
Asakura pulled off a stunner when he knocked out Horiguchi in 68
seconds in a non-title bout at Rizin 18 on Aug. 18. The 25-year-old
Tri-Force Akasaka representative earned his sixth consecutive
victory at Rizin 19 with a 54-second stoppage of Yuta Sasaki.
Asakura has won 14 of his 15 professional fights overall, with 11
victories coming inside the distance.
The reigning bantamweight champion in both Rizin and Bellator,
Horiguchi has not competed since his upset loss to Asakura. Prior
to that, the American Top Team representative had won 13
consecutive fights dating back to September 2015. Horiguchi’s 28-3
career mark includes triumphs over the likes of Darrion
Caldwell (twice), Ben Nguyen,
Ishiwatari and Chico Camus,
to name a few.