The bantamweight Bellator title fight between Sergio Pettis and Kyoji Horiguchi was not without a lot of controversy.
A number of fighters, including former UFC champion Conor McGregor called for the match to be postponed as they believe that it is unfair to have potentially dangerous weight cutting practices occurring in MMA while their sport has moved on from this archaic practice. Despite going by the letter of the law, an inquiry awaits into whether or not these rules are enforced properly and fairly.,
The “sergio pettis vs kyoji horiguchi” is a fight that was held on April 27, 2018. Sergio Pettis knocked out Kyoji Horiguchi in the first round to retain his title.
Until the fourth round, Sergio Pettis was losing almost every second of the battle. Kyoji Horiguchi was quicker, stronger, and had superior wrestling skills, thus he was winning the striking match. Pettis was completely perplexed.
Until he did, that is.
In the main event of Bellator 272 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, Pettis knocked out Horiguchi with a spinning-backfist knockout at 3:24 of the fourth round. Pettis regained his Bellator bantamweight belt with the win, and he may have scored the finest KO of 2021. In his 27-fight career, Pettis has just four KO/TKO victories.
In his postfight interview, Pettis claimed, “I came out here and got banged up for four rounds pretty much.” “‘Man, I’m losing this battle,’ I thought. ‘I’m going to have to do something amazing.’ It was released at the perfect moment.”
Pettis, on the other hand, had different ideas. Horiguchi dominated for the most of the bout, outstriking Pettis 73-19. He delivered powerful calf kicks, masterfully slid in and out, and blended takedowns with ground and pound. Throughout, Pettis was looking for solutions, unable to connect with the lightning-quick, light-on-his-feet Horiguchi. However, in the fourth, Pettis was able to take control of the tempo and placed Horiguchi in a vulnerable position. And he took advantage of it spectacularly.
According to Bellator officials, Horiguchi was taken to the hospital afterward.
After signing as a free agent from the UFC, Pettis (22-5) has won five consecutive fights, including a 4-0 record in Bellator. Pettis, a Milwaukee native and brother of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, won the Bellator bantamweight championship by majority decision against Juan Archuleta in May. Pettis, who is just 28 years old, made his UFC debut at the age of 20 in 2013 and has since thoroughly established himself as a top fighter.
Horiguchi (29-4) is regarded as one of the finest non-UFC fighters in the world, having defeated Kai Asakura by TKO in the first round to earn the Rizin bantamweight championship in December 2020. The Florida-based Japanese fighter avenged a prior knockout defeat to Asakura, and has now been knocked out in two of his past three battles. Prior to this 1-2 run, Horiguchi, 31, had won 13 consecutive games.
Bellator had previously stated that a bantamweight grand-prix tournament will be held in 2021, with both Horiguchi and Pettis competing. Former champion Archuleta, Raufeon Stots, Patchy Mix, Magomed Magomedov, Leandro Higo, and Conor McGregor disciple James Gallagher are among the other competitors.
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UFC fighter Sergio Pettis knocked out Kyoji Horiguchi to retain the Bellator bantamweight title in the main event of Friday’s Bellator 192. Reference: ufc.
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