UFC signs Kyoji Horiguchi, meets Dustin Pague at UFC 166

One of the most exciting prospects in Mixed Martial Arts has finally put pen to paper with the UFC.

Sources close to Horiguchi’s camp confirmed the news with FSA earlier today

The bout is scheduled to take place October 19th at UFC 166.

Shooto’s Featherweight Champion has been widely regarded as one of the best prospects to come of Asia for some time now. At just 22-years of age he’s already amassed an impressive 11-1 record, and is currently riding a 5-five win streak since coming up short against Japanese veteran Masakatsu Ueda early last year.

Most recently Horiguchi squared off with Bantamweight King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari at VTJ 2nd this past June. The pair were involved in a back and forth war that eventually saw Kyoji stop the Champion in the 5th round via TKO.

Dustin Pague (11-8) gained recognition after competing on The Ultimate Fighter making it to the Semifinals where he would eventually lose to T.J. Dillashaw.

Since coming over to the UFC he’s had a rough start posting a 1-4 record, losing his last three to the likes of Yves Jabouin, Chico Camus & Ken Stone.

The fight will take place at 135 lbs. The Japanese fighter will be somewhat undersized in the division, so don’t be surprised to see him drop down to Flyweight win or lose.

Here’s how the card looks thus far:

Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos III
Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson
Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan
Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch
Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt
John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague
George Sotiropoulos vs. K.J. Noons
T.J. Waldburger vs. Adlan Amagov
Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio
Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Eye
Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Larsen
Dustin Pague vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

*Photo by Dean Marchand*

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