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Kyoji Horiguchi has given an all-new meaning to the “champ-champ” moniker.
After claiming Bellator’s bantamweight title at this past weekend’s Bellator 222 event, the Japanese standout isn’t reigning over two different weight classes – he’s the kingpin of two different major organizations.
Thanks to a partnership between Bellator and Rizin FF – not to mention a pair of wins over Darrion Caldwell – the former UFC title challenger is now a bantamweight titleholder in promotions in both the U.S. and Japan, and the American Top Team fighter will look to defend them both. As a reward for his efforts, Horiguchi (28-2) moves up to No. 10 in the 135-pound list of the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA rankings, but he also debuts as an honorable mention on the pound-for-pound list, knocking off former UFC dual champ Conor McGregor, who hasn’t picked up an MMA win since November 2016.
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