Kleber Koike Erbst will finally get his title shot. After submitting five opponents in a row on Rizin cards the Brazilian has been handed a fight with newly crowned featherweight champion Juntaro Ushiku.

Ushiku (22-8-1) is also the reigning Deep 145lbs champion. He won the belt by finishing Yutaka Saito with a knee in the second round at Rizin 31, although it was the doctor who ultimately called off the contest due to a cut.

His first title defence was against the same opponent in April. This time they went the distance with Ushiku claiming a unanimous decision win over Saito at Rizin 35.

Koike (30-5-1) has had to earn his title shot the hard way. His teammate Roberto de Souza holds the lightweight strap and it has taken him a long time to convince matchmakers to hand him a shot at the 145lbs belt.

He overcame the final hurdle by choking out Kyohei Hagiwara at Rizin Landmark 3 in May. The Brazilian’s winning streak stands at six and he has won every single one of those bouts by submission.

Bantamweight bout

As previously announced Kyoji Horiguchi has been matched with Yuto Hokamura at Rizin 38. The former bantamweight champion will be fighting in Japan for the first time in nearly two years.

The event is set for the Saitama Super Arena on September 25th. ‘Kintaro’ is coming off back to back losses which makes him a slightly surprising choice of opponent for Horiguchi.

But the former champion’s stint with Bellator has not gone according to plan. He has lost both his fights for the promotion and will be looking for a first win since 2020.

Two time champion

Horiguchi was last seen by Japanese fans at Rizin 26. He beat Kai Asakura to capture the promotion’s bantamweight title for the second time but returned the belt after leaving to sign with Bellator.

Since signing for the American promotion he has been stopped by Sergio Pettis in the fourth round of a Bellator bantamweight title fight he appeared to be comfortably winning. He also dropped a decision to Patchy Mix.

It feels like a long time ago he managed to hold the Rizin and Bellator titles simultaneously. Horiguchi relocated to American Top Team in Florida ahead of his switch to fighting in the US.

Hokamura has won just two of his six Rizin fights. But he has a reputation for being a wild brawler and this should be an entertaining bout.

Plenty of belts

Also on the card is another bantamweight bout. It pits Soo Chul Kim againt Hiromasa Ougikubo in a battle between two fighters with plenty of belts.

Ougikubo won the Rizin bantamweight Grand Prix last year. He beat Naoki Inoue and Kai Asakura in a single night to instantly establish himself as the top 135lber in Japan.

Kim captured the Road FC featherweight title in his most recent bout. The Korean has also held the ONE Championship bantamweight belt and the Road FC bantamweight belt but has been relatively inactive in recent years.

Exhibition boxing

Rizin 38 is set for the Saitama Super Arena on September 15th. The exhibition boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Mikuru Asakura will take place the same day but on a separate card.

The card that features Floyd Mayweather will start at 12pm (local time) and be called Super Rizin. The event featuring Ushiku, Horiguchi, Ougikubo and Kim will start later in the day.

Rizin 38, Tokyo, September 25th
Juntaro Ushiku (c) vs. Kleber Koike Erbst (For featherweight title)
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Yuto Hokamura (Bantamweight)
Soo Chul Kim vs. Hiromasa Ougikubo (Bantamweight)
Kyohei Hagiwara vs. Chihiro Suzuki (Featherweight)
Juri Ohara vs. Luiz Gustavo (Lightweight)
Shoma Shibisai vs. Cally Gibrainn de Oliveira (Heavyweight)