Rizin FF officials recently announced the rematch between the two outstanding flyweights will take place in a 60-kilogram (approximately 132 pounds) contest at Rizin FF 11, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Horiguchi is then expected to make his professional kickboxing debut in September.
“Fighting an MMA fight in July before I make my kickboxing debut in September won’t affect my training at all,” Horiguchi stated. “I train all aspects of the fight for MMA fights – kickboxing is included.”
Horiguchi is currently ranked No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings. He was in action earlier this month, earning the quick win over McCall at Rizin FF 10. The 27-year-old now owns a nine-fight winning streak, including three wins under the UFC banner, that started after a failed 2015 bid for the UFC title.
Meanwhile, Ogikubo was a finalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 24,” losing to Tim Elliott and missing out on his own shot at UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. He then returned to the Japanese scene, where he’s earned a pair of wins under the submission banner.
Horiguchi defeated then-Shooto champ Ogikubo in a 2013 contest, winning the bout via rear-naked choke.
Rizin FF officials also confirmed that MMA and kickboxing legend Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2) will also appear on Rizin FF 11 against an opponent yet to be named.
- UFC Fight Night Moscow marks promotion's debut in Russia on Sept. 15
- UFC 224 winner Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos will walk the walk – but won't trash-talk
- USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, May 15: How far did Kelvin Gastelum climb?
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
Read the full article here: Rizin FF 11 gets Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Hiromasa Ogikubo 2, Mirko Cro Cop