Kai Asakura vs. Kyoji Horiguchi set for Rizin 26

Rizin 26
SAITAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 31: Kyoji Horiguchi celebrates the win during the RIZIN. 14 at Saitama Super Arena on December 31, 2018 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

The long-awaited rematch is finally booked for Rizin 26. Per Rizin FF ‘s official twitter page, Kai Asakura (16-2) is set to take on Kyoji Horiguchi (28-3) at Rizin 26. The event will take place on New Year’s Eve with the bantamweight championship at stake. Originally scheduled for last December, the bout had to be rescheduled due to Horiguchi suffering a torn ACL. 

Since their first meeting, Kai Asakura has competed in four bouts, winning 3 of those by stoppage. Asukara dropped the title against Manel Kape, only to regain it with a devastating soccer kick at Rizin 23. He followed that up with another title defense at Rizin 24. Asakura has terrific striking and is still entering his prime at 27 years old. 

The former UFC veteran, Kyoji Horiguchi was on a 13-fight win streak before falling short in his last bout. He has not competed since. Viewed as one of the best fighters at American Top Team, Horiguchi has a chance to avenge his lone Rizin loss (Horiguchi lost to Tenshin Nasakuwa in a kickboxing bout). Finally healthy, this rematch is one of the best fights you can make outside of the UFC. If not familiar with Rizin, we have you covered with some of the best fights you can find on their Youtube channel

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  1. […] A rematch that has been over a year in the making. When Kai Asakura (16-2) knocked out Kyoji Horiguchi (28-3) in a non-title match last year, it shocked the world. A rematch was supposed to happen at last year’s New Year’s Eve show but Horiguchi suffered an ACL injury. A year later, the rematch finally happens. Will Asakura be able to repeat his success and retain the bantamweight title against Horiguchi? Will Horiguchi come in with his trademark aggressiveness and fast-paced style fans know him for? We will finally get to the answer to these questions and more tonight! See our initial coverage of the announcement of the match here. […]

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