Kyoji Horiguchi, the Japanese standout riding four straight wins in the UFC, will have his next bout in the form of a title shot against current Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.
The bout will take place at UFC 186 on April 26 in Montreal, Canada. This was first released by Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press to multiple Canadian sources.
* Update: The UFC makes it official on their website.
Horiguchi is sitting in tenth place in the UFC flyweight rankings. While he may be a bit fresh to be making a run at the incredibly brilliant Johnson, John Lineker’s defeat of Ian McCall a future bantamweight division contests and John Dodson being out to injury have pushed Horiguchi to the front. The dyed-in-the-wool karateka will be putting Japanese fighters back on the map in this massive title fight.
“Mighty Mouse” is the number one flyweight in the world, and arguably one of the best pound for pound in MMA. He is the inaugural and five-time defending Champion for the UFC Flyweight strap, who possesses an incredibly well-rounded game, extraordinary speed, and composure beyond his 28 years. The Matt Hume prodigy has a world of options to put Horiguchi to the test, including kryptonite take downs and blistering grappling.
Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw will face Renan Barao in the main event. The original co-main event, a match between welterweight contenders Rory MacDonald and Hector Lombard has been taken off the card, with the UFC citing that other other opponents were being considered for the two.