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Who won Pettis vs Horiguchi?
Sergio Pettis beat Kyoji Horiguchi by , during the main event of Bellator MMA, on Friday 3rd December 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Sergio Pettis.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the Bellator bantamweight championship.
Pettis vs Horiguchi stats
Sergio Pettis stepped into the ring with a record of 20 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Kyoji Horiguchi made his way to the ring with a record of 29 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 15 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Horiguchi had a massive power advantage over Pettis, boosting at 52% knock out percentage over Pettis' 15%.
Sergio Pettis was the younger man by 3 years, at 28 years old.
Pettis had a height advantage of 1 inch over Horiguchi. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Pettis was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 7 less fights, and made his debut in 2011, 1 year and 4 months later than Horiguchi, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 9 less professional rounds, 63 to Horiguchi's 72.
Pettis vs Horiguchi form
Sergio Pettis had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Juan Archuleta at Bellator 258 on 7th May 2021 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Bantamweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 242 on 24th July 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Going into that contest, he had beat Alfred Khashakyan at Bellator 238 on 25th January 2020 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at The Forum, Inglewood.
Before that, he had been beaten by Rob Font at UFC on FOX 31 on 15th December 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, Milwaukee.
He had lost to Henry Cejudo at UFC 218 on 2nd December 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit.
Horiguchi had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated 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.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Kai Asakura at RIZIN 18 on 18th August 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Dolphins Arena, Nagoya.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 222 on 14th June 2019 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Bantamweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Before that, he had won against Ben Nguyen at RIZIN 15 on 21st April 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan.
He had defeated Darrion Caldwell at RIZIN 14 on 31st December 2018 by submission in the 3rd round in their Rizin Bantamweight championship fight at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Kyoji Horiguchi had been fighting more than Sergio Pettis.
Going to this contest, Sergio Pettis had last fought 6 months and 27 days ago, while Kyoji Horiguchi's last outing had been 11 months and 3 days ago.
Pettis' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Horiguchi's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.