Kyoji Horiguchi drops to Flyweight, faces Chris Cariaso at UFC 169

February’s UFC 169 gets a pair of Flyweights added to the card when Chris Cariaso squares off against Japanese superstar Kyoji Horiguchi.

Sources close to Horiguchi’s camp confirmed the match-up with FSA earlier today.

Kyoji Horiguchi (12-1) made his long awaited UFC debut earlier this year at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Japan’s Horiguchi would step in as a late replacement to take on hard nosed Dustin Pague, and make an immediate impact finishing his foe in the second round via TKO.

However, this time Kyoji sets his sights at a new challenge when he drops down a weight class to Flyweight where at 5’5″ Horiguchi will be more suited.

The former Shooto Featherweight Champion (132lbs) is currently on a 6-fight win streak. His lone loss comes at the hands of Masakatsu Ueda via Majority Decision in 2012.

Welcoming him to the new division will be UFC veteran Chris Cariaso (15-5) who won his last outing stopping Iliarde Santos in his opponents native Brazil via TKO in the second round.

Prior to the fight Cariaso was on a 2-fight losing streak dropping bouts to talented grappler Jussier da Silva and aggressive striker John Moraga.

The one time top prospect will look to build momentum when he faces off against Kyoji Horiguchi February 1st in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center.

UFC 169 will see not one, but two title bouts on the line as Dominick Cruz (19-1) looks to defend his UFC Bantamweight title after two years on the sideline due to injury. His first fight back will see him face off against Interim Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao (31-1). And in the Co-Main event of the evening Jose Aldo (23-1) looks to defend his UFC Featherweight title for a sixth consecutive time when he faces off against Ricardo Lamas (13-2) who’s earned his shot winning four straight.

Here’s how the card looks thus far:

Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao
Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas
Alistair Overeem vs. Frank Mir
Chris Cariaso vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

*Photo by Dave Mandel*

Stay tuned to FSA.