Kyoji Horiguchi will return in search of his first win of 2022.
The former Bellator titleholder and current Rizin champion has been booked to return to the ring. Horiguchi (29-5) is set to take on Yuto Hokamura (14-11-2) in a bantamweight bout at Rizin 38, which is scheduled for Sept. 25 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
The promotion announced the news Tuesday. It did not specify if the bout between Horiguchi and Hokamura is a championship fight.
Horiguchi is on the heels of the worst streak of his 12-year-career. The Japanese star is on a two-fight skid and 1-3 in his past four outings. Horiguchi was last seen in April when he was eliminated from the Bellator bantamweight grand prix in a unanimous decision loss to Patchy Mix. This upcoming fight will be Horiguchi’s first with Rizin since December 2020.
Other matchups that were also announced: Kyohei Hagiwara vs. Chihiro Suzuki at featherweight; Juri Ohara vs. Luiz Gustavo at lightweight; Shoma Shibisai vs. Callyu Gibrainn at heavyweight, Hiromasa Ougikubo vs. Soo Chul Kim at bantamweight, and Nadaka Yoshinari vs. Bandasak So Trakunpet at strawweight (kickboxing).