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Who won Horiguchi vs Takahasi?
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 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 Bellator flyweight championship.
Horiguchi vs Takahasi 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 9 years, at 32 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 Takahasi form
Horiguchi had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Hiromasa Ougikubo at Bellator MMA vs. RIZIN on 31st December 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Previous to that, 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.
Going into that contest, 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.
Before that, 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.
He had beat Kai Asakura at RIZIN 26 on 31st December 2020 by knockout in the 1st round in their Rizin Bantamweight championship fight at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Horiguchi's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Takahashi's last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.5 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Horiguchi vs Takahasi?
Kyoji Horiguchi was a 2/9 (-450) favourite going into the contest, while Makoto Takahashi made his way into the ring at 3/1 (+300) with oddsmakers.