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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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
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Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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