Kyoji Horiguchi

After 3 fight win streak in UFC, Kyoji Horiguchi set to fight outside UFC. Why?

After 3 fight win streak in UFC, Kyoji Horiguchi set to fight outside UFC.  Why?

Former UFC flyweight title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi is on a three-fight win-streak in the UFC…. yet he was released from contractual obligations and fighting outside the organization.

Horiguchi (18-2) will meet Yuki Motoya (18-4) in his debut for the RIZIN Fighting Federation on April 16 at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.

Horiguchi has only one loss in eight UFC fights.  That loss came in the main event of UFC 186 as he challenged UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson for the title.

The loss came at 4:59 in the fifth round.

Yes, you read that right.  One second left in a 25-minute title fight and Horiguchi lost via submission to the pound-for-pound best fight on the planet.

It was the latest finish in a title fight in UFC history.

Outside of that he has seven wins inside the UFC.  Oh, and his only other loss was a decision loss in 2012.

So….. why did the UFC just let this guy walk away?