Dec 31 2023
Sunday

Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan

Main Event
3 rounds contest @ Flyweight
Makoto Takahashi
Takahashi
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31-5-0
Sub 2
Sub 2
16-1-0

Belts on The Line

Rizin Flyweight Championship

The tape

33
Age
23
5' 5" / 165 cm
Height
5' 4" / 163 cm
66.1" / 168 cm
Reach
N/A

Tape record

NCUDSUBUDKO
Form
NCSUBSUBUDSUB
31
Wins
16
15
By KO
0
48
KO%
0
4
By SUB
4
13
SUB%
25
5
Loses
1
2
Stopped
0
1
Tapped
0
0
Draws
1
2010
Debut
2016
37
Bouts
19
87
Rounds
48
6 hours, 13 minutes
Fight Time
3 hours, 40 minutes

Tape rankings @ Flyweight

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Kyoji Horiguchi vs Makoto Takahashi report

Who won Horiguchi vs Shinryu?

Kyoji Horiguchi beat Makoto Takahashi by submission in the 2nd round during the main event of RIZIN 45, on Sunday 31st December 2023 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.

The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 125 pounds (8.9 stone or 56.7 KG).

This contest was for the Rizin flyweight championship.

Horiguchi vs Shinryu stats

Kyoji Horiguchi stepped into the octagon with a record of 31 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.

Makoto Takahashi made his way to the cage with a record of 16 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw and 4 by submission.

The stats suggested Horiguchi had a massive power advantage over Takahashi, boasting at 48% knock out percentage over Takahashi's 0%.

If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Takahashi had an advantage over Horiguchi, with a 25% submission rate over Horiguchi's 13%.

Kyoji Horiguchi was the older man by 10 years, at 33 years old.

Horiguchi had a height advantage of 1 inch over Takahashi.

Horiguchi was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 18 more fights, and made his debut in 2010, 5 years and 11 months earlier than Takahashi, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 39 more professional rounds, 87 to Takahashi's 48.

Horiguchi vs Shinryu form

Kyoji Horiguchi had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight before this contest, he Makoto Takahashi at Bellator MMA vs. RIZIN 2 on 31st July 2023 by in the 1st round in their Bellator Flyweight championship fight at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.

Previous to that, he had beat Hiromasa Ougikubo at Bellator MMA vs. RIZIN on 31st December 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.

Going into that contest, he had won against Yuto Hokamura at RIZIN 38 on 25th September 2022 by unanimous decision in the 2nd round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.

Before that, he had been beaten by Patchy Mix at Bellator 279 on 23rd April 2022 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, United States.

He had lost to Sergio Pettis at Bellator MMA on 3rd December 2021 by knockout in the 4th round in their Bellator Bantamweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.

Makoto Takahashi had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator MMA vs. RIZIN 2 on 31st July 2023 by knockout in the 1st round in their Bellator Flyweight championship fight at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.

Previous to that, he had beat Daichi Kitakata at RIZIN 41 on 1st April 2023 by submission in the 2nd round at Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka, Osaka.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Hideo Tokoro at RIZIN 37 on 31st July 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.

Before that, he had won against Seiichiro Ito at RIZIN 23 on 10th August 2020 by submission in the 2nd round at Pia Arena MM, Yokohama.

He had defeated Yusaku Nakamura at Bellator 237 on 28th December 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Kyoji Horiguchi had been fighting more than Makoto Takahashi.

Going to this contest, Kyoji Horiguchi had last fought 6 months and 20 days ago, while Makoto Takahashi's last outing had been 6 months and 20 days ago.

Horiguchi's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 2 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.

Takahashi's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 23 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.

What were the odds on Horiguchi vs Shinryu?

Kyoji Horiguchi was a 2/7 (-340) favourite going into the contest, while Makoto Takahashi made his way into the ring at 5/2 (+250) with oddsmakers.

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