Kyoji Horiguchi (16-2)
- Height: 5’5″ Age: 25 Weight: 125 lbs Reach: 66″
- Last Fight: Decision win / Chico Camus (9-26-15)
- Camp: American Top Team (Florida/Japan)
- Stance/Striking Style: Switch-stance / Kickboxing
- Risk Management: Moderate
+ Multiple Shooto Titles
+ Karate Black Belt (2nd degree)
+ 9 KO victories
+ 5 First round finishes
+ 1 Submission win
+ KO Power
+ Fast hand-speed & footwork
^ Superb blitzes & lateral movement
+ Solid pocket awareness
^ Moves head well
+ Dangerous L. hook & switch-kicks
+ Underrated wrestling ability
^ Good base / always improving
+ Excellent catch-kick counters
+ Devastating ground striker
^ Postures up & positions well
+/-Keeps hands low
– Gives neck on entries
+ Gets up / scrambles well
+ Durable chin
Neil Seery (16-11)
- Height: 5’6″ Age: 36 Weight: 125 lbs Reach: 64.5″
- Last Fight: Sub win / Jon Delos Reyes (10-24-15)
- Camp: Team Ryano MMA (Dublin, Ireland)
- Stance/Striking Style: Switch-stance / Kickboxing
- Risk Management: Good
+ Cage Warriors Flyweight Title
+ Purple Belt BJJ
+ 6 KO victories
+ 3 First round finishes
+ 6 Submission wins
+ Heavy hands
+ Solid footwork
^ Will switch stances
+ Well conditioned
^ Consistent pace & pressure
+ Accurate shot selection
+ Hard left body kick
+ Improved takedown defense (60%)
+ Active from bottom
^ Favors over-hooks & elbows
+ Good get-up urgency
+ Dangerous Guillotine choke
– Struggles in scrambles
– Keeps/retracts R. hand low
+ Durable chin
UFC Fight Pass comes strong with their featured bout, as flyweight favorites Kyoji Horiguchi & Neil Seery square-off. Coming off a failed bid for the title early in his career, Kyoji Horiguchi has since bounced back with an impressive victory over a tough Chico Camus. Moving his fight camps to the United States, Japan’s most promising prospect will look to make his way back to the top of the mountain.
Standing in Horiguchi’s way will be a tough technical Irishman as Neil Seery will look to build upon momentum of his own. No stranger to young lions, Neil will be fighting his fourth straight prospect that is a decade his junior. Despite 36 being an advanced age for a flyweight, Seery still shows fight-to-fight improvements and is a hard out for anyone in the division.
Even though each fighter comes from different stylistic bases, they have a lot of similarities. With each man favoring left-sided hooks & body kicks as well as possessing accurate shot selections & durable chins, it is hard to see how this does not make for an exciting affair.
Starting off on the feet, Seery will employ a “pressure boxing” style as he consistently switches his stances and angles of approach. What Seery lacks in speed & athleticism, is sufficiently made up for in his ability to technically slip and counter. With a pace & volume that seemingly never slows, Seery will often force his opposition into fighting on his terms.
That said, Neil has never faced a Karate striker of this speed and proficiency. Training in martial arts since the age of 5, Kyoji Horiguchi shows the preternatural understanding of combative ranges you only see from years of emersion. Effectively circling on the outside, Kyoji will masterfully blitz once finding an angle to his liking. What makes Horiguchi an above average Karate striker is his superb pocket awareness and lateral movement, as I see this being a key factor in this fight.
Although Seery is an excellent short & straight puncher, he often follows up his technical entries with winging hooks. Although accurate, these could play into Horiguchi’s hand as the Japanese fighter does a good job of rolling into his lateral exits from the pocket. In doing so, Kyoji will look to plant & counter once getting under and offline of the punches. Favoring a devastating left hook, Seery will have to be especially mindful as he tends to retract his right-hand low.
Though both fighters wield hard body kicks from the left side, Seery may have to mind his attempts as Horiguchi shows a keen ability to catch kicks and counter. Usually parlaying a caught kick into a takedown, Kyoji will use his grasp of a crucial limb to establish a position to ground strike. Although I feel Neil has the more dangerous & deeper arsenal on the mat, Horiguchi should have the overall wrestling and positional advantage.
Neil has a very active & efficient game from the bottom, but the BJJ stylings tend to expose Seery in scramble situations. Despite displaying healthy amounts of urgency to get back to his feet, Neil seems to find himself in trouble when unable to get to the fence or establish a “feet on the hips” push-off. From the guard, Neil shows excellent instincts as he favors over-hooks to work in elbows & offense. However, Horiguchi demonstrates textbook posture and hip positioning that not only may make him unavailable for those controls, but ultimately put Neil in the hot seat should he choose to work from the bottom.
Although not applying a typical grappling pressure topside, Kyoji shows a solid understanding of framing and positional awareness. From his subtle knee & foot placements to his overall hip positioning, Horiguchi will smoothly advance to a perfect cruising altitude that is appropriate for bomb dropping. The space given in this approach can usually allow for room & reactions to stand, but Seery will need to be careful in these transitions as Kyoji is a custom to punishing opponents on their way up and off the breaks.
I feel that the Irishman’s best chance will be by implementing his pressure style in hopes to crack the Karate based fighter. Although Neil’s takedown defense may hamper his efforts to fight on the feet, he possesses a unique threat in transition that could see the light in this matchup. Sometimes forcing takedowns, Kyoji will often leave his neck out. In fact, this scenario has led to Kyoji getting caught in guillotine attempts in 4 of 6 of his last fights. Horiguchi will need to be especially careful in this match, as Seery has a dangerous guillotine choke. Even though the Irishman is one of my favorite underdogs, I feel Horiguchi will have the right of way in this crossroads matchup.
Official Pick: Horiguchi – Decision
Preliminary Card Predictions
- Wade def. Khabilov
- Cedenblad def. McLellan
- Tuck def. Emmett
- Madadi def. Cabral
- Horiguchi def. Seery
- Edwards def. Waters
- Gates def. Sasaki
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Pieces for your parlay:
-Germaine De Randamie
Props worth looking at(5Dimes.eu):
-De Randamie/Elmose – Over: -120 (2 Units)
-Chris Wade – by Decision: +220 (1 Unit)
Fights to avoid:
-Antonio Silva vs Stefan Struve
-Yan Cabral vs Reza Madadi
-Magnus Cedenblad vs Garreth McLellan
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
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