This weekend marks the start of a new beginning for #KyojiHoriguchi.
The Japanese flyweight will make his #RIZIN debut on Sunday when he takes on Yuki Motoya at #RIZIN2017 in Yokohama: Sakura. After a frustrating year where he spent most of his time on the sidelines, Horiguchi is now looking forward to being more active. Speaking exclusively to Champions.co earlier this week, the #AmericanTopTeam man said he was overjoyed to be making his debut for RIZIN this weekend.
"I had a great camp for this fight and I don't think my preparations could've gone any better," Horiguchi said. "This weekend will be something very special and I'm excited to perform in RIZIN and make my debut. I'm ready to roll now--I can't wait to get in there."
Horiguchi's opponent, Motoya, has a similar record with 18 wins and four losses. Motoya has spent the majority of his career fighting in Japanese promotion DEEP and is a former DEEP bantamweight champion. He will present Horiguchi with a tough task, but the ATT fighter is not underestimating his fellow Japanese opponent.
"He is a very well rounded fighter and I have be cautious, especially his jiu-jitsu technique," Horiguchi said. "He was a good champion in DEEP and I saw him win his first fight in RIZIN last December. He will be a tough opponent, but I am well prepared for this fight."
While his signing for RIZIN might be relatively new news, Horiguchi has already set his sights on making big waves in Japan. The former UFC title contender is hoping to make his mark in the RIZIN history book by becoming their first 135-pound champion.
"The plan is to win this fight this weekend and look ahead only then," Horiguchi said. "I hope when I win this fight that RIZIN make a title match soon. I would like to get the belt to become the first ever RIZIN flyweight champion. That is my goal."
With his plans in place and his debut just days ahead of him, Horiguchi had one final message to his fans anticipating his RIZIN debut.
"Please do not even think about closing your eyes once I start the fight," Horiguchi said. "I am ready to show you an exciting fight and I want to put on a good show to thank all of my fans across the world. RIZIN have treated me very well so far and I can't wait to show everyone my skills."
It's all eyes on the Yokohama Arena this weekend to see if Horiguchi can make a successful RIZIN debut.