Watch Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Kai Asakura 2 full fight video to see Horiguchi make his return from a 15-month layoff to challenge Kai Asakura for the bantamweight championship at RIZIN 26 on Dec. 31 in Saitama, Japan.
The second meeting between Horiguchi and Asakura came under unique circumstances as Horiguchi was making a comeback to the ring after never having lost his RIZIN title in competition. However, has last fight before relinquishing the belt due to injury was a 67-second knockout loss to Asakura in a non-title bout at RIZIN 18. Asakura went on to capture a vacant bantamweight championship in Horiguchi’s absence.
When they met in the main event of RIZIN’s 2020 year-end show, it was the smaller Horiguchi who came out on top after a tense couple of minutes. A high knee from Asakura was met with a stunning counter blow, leading to a quick flurry from Horiguchi that stopped the fight at 2:48.
With the win, Horiguchi improved his record to 29-3 and now reigns as RIZIN’s bantamweight king once more.