Kyoji Horiguchi Drops Bellator’s Bantamweight Title Following Knee Surgery
By FCF Staff
Recently Kyoji Horiguchi relinquished RIZIN’s bantamweight title, after undergoing knee surgery, and now he’s done the same with Bellator’s 135 crown.
Horigicuchi won Bellator’s bantamweight title by earning a decision win over Darrion Caldwell in June. In a recent press release announcing the fact that the Japanese star has vacated the belt, Bellator President Scott Coker was quoted saying this:
“I feel terrible for Kyoji [Horiguchi] about the injury he suffered to his knee, but in the true spirit of martial arts and being a true champion, he has elected to vacate his title and allow the division to move forward in his absence,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “After fully healing, we plan to give Kyoji an immediate title shot.”
The 29-year-old Horiguchi (28-3) is coming off a stoppage loss to Kai Asakura in August, which snapped his 13 fight, wining streak.