This is what Kyoji Horiguchi said to the reporters after dominating Yuki Motoya in his RIZIN debut.
“Timing is the weapon of the traditional karate so I was able to react. (to Motoya’s jumping knees). I did practice (on stomping to the face) but I wasn’t able to execute them smoothly so I just didn’t wanted to force them. I want to improve on that though. I didn’t feel too long (about 10-minute first round) it was over quickly.”
This fight was all Horiguchi.
Motoya did try to make something happen but Horiguchi was just clearly a better fighter.
The former DEEP flyweight champ started off with jumping knee but Horiguchi reacted with counter right hook.
In both first and second rounds, Horiguchi continued to land his right. He wobbled Motoya with right straight early in the round, and scored a solid knockdown with right hook later in the round.
Motoya was able to take Horiguchi down once in the first round. But Horiguchi executed a beautiful reversal, stood back up, then shoot in for takedown, and followed with vicious ground and pounds.
And, even in the 10-minute first round, Horiguchi didn’t slow down. He just kept on attacking.
Horiguchi was just better in every aspect of the fight.
After the fight, in the ring, Horiguchi told the fans, “Nice to meet you I am Kyoji Horiguchi. I believe I became known in UFC so you people probably thought I am stronger but Motoya was tough. I want to get stronger. I can get stronger. I am going to bring more excitement to RIZIN.”
RIZIN 2017 IN YOKOHAMA – SAKURA –
Sunday, April 16th, 2017
At Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa, Japan
The Main Event – Men’s Featherweight (65.8 kg) But 10 min / 1R, 5 min / 2R
Tatsuya Kawajiri (Japan / T-BLOOD) vs Anthony Birchak (10th Planet Tucson)
Winner: 2R Tatsuya Kawajiri by Decision (3-0)
Co-Main – Openweight Bout 10 mii / 1R 5 min / 2R
Amir Aliakbari (Iran / AKA Thailand) vs Geronimo Dos Santos (Brazil / Hard Fight)
Winner: 1R 3’34” Amir Alliakbari by TKO (referee stoppage – g n p)
9th Match – Men’s 49 Kg & Under Bout 10 min / 1R, 5 min / 2R
Kyoji Horiguchi (Japan / ATT) vs Yuki Motoya (Japan / CB IMPACT)
Winner: 2R Kyoji Horiguchi by Decision (3-0)
8th Match – Women’s 49 Kg & Under Bout 5 mim / 3R
RENA (Japan / Cesar Gym) vs Dora Perjes (Hungary / Bardosi Martial Arts Acade)
Winner: 1R 2’49” RENA by KO (left hook to the body)
7th Match – Men’s Flyweight (56.7 kg) Bout 3 min / 3R
Teshin Nasukawa (Japan / Team Tenshin) vs Francesco Ghigliotti (Italy / Sempre Avanti)
Winner: 1R 1’07” Tenshin Nasukawa by TKO (referee stoppage – left straight followed by g n p)
6th Match – 120 kg & Under Bout 10 min / 1R, 5 min / 2R
Satoshi Ishii (Japan / Independent) vs Heath Herring (USA / Las Vegas Combat Club)
Winner: 2R Satoshi Ishii by Decision (3-0)
5th Match – Women’s 90 Kg & Under bout 5 min / 3R
KING Reina (Japan / Reversal Gym Tachikawa ALPHA) vs Jazzy Gabert (Germany / Independent)
Winner: 2R 4’54” KING Reina by Submission (armbar)
4th Match – Men’s Lightweight (79.3 Kg) Bout 10 min / 1R, 5 min / 2R
Yusuke Yachi (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Daron Cruickshank (USA / Michigan Top Team)
Winner: 1R 5’12” Yusuke Yachi by KO (punches)
3rd Match – Women’s 48 Kg & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Saori Ishioka (Japan / Zendo-kai) vs Bestare Kicaj (Switzerland / 360 Martial Arts)
Winner: 1R 2’11” Saori Ishioka by Submission (rear naked choke)
2nd Match – Women’s 48 Kg & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Kanna Asakura (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Alesander Tochevea (Bulgaria / Desant MMA & astos BJJ Varna)
Winner: 2R Kanna Asakura by Decision (3-0)
1st Match – Men’s 58 Kg & Under Bout 10 min / 1R, 5 min / 5R
Kizaemon Saiga (Japan / Me, We) vs Seiichiro Ito (Japan / Reversal Gym Yokohama Ground Slam)
Winner: 2R Seiichiro Ito by Decision (0-3)
report by Shu Hirata
photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)