Kyoji Horiguchi has another fight booked and it is a big one. He face Patchy Mix at Bellator 279 on April 23rd in a battle between two top bantamweight contenders.

Horiguchi (29-4) was cruising to a decision win over Sergio Pettis at Bellator 272 before getting knocked out by a spinning back fist in the fourth round. It was the former Bellator and Rizin 135lbs champion’s first fight in nearly a year after leaving Japan to train at American Top Team.

Mix (15-1) challenged for the Bellator bantamweight belt in 2020, suffering the only loss of his career. The American also made an appearance at Rizin 20, submitting Yuki Motoya with a guillotine choke.

The card will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion Sergio Pettis (22-5) and challenger
Raufeon Stots (17-1). Both this bout and the fight between Horiguchi and Mix will serve as quarter finals for the 135lbs Grand Prix.

Bellator 279, Hawaii, April 23rd
Sergio Pettis (c) vs. Raufeon Stots (For bantamweight title)
Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Arlene Blencowe (For featherweight title)
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Patchy Mix (Bantamweight)
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Justine Kish (Bantamweight)