Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrell Montague
Round 1: They feel each other out in the early going. Montague misses with a lazy high kick. Horiguchi steps in with a right hand. Horiguchi circles on the outside. Horiguchi rushes in, but Montague moves away. Montague secures a takedown. Montague misses with a big right hand and Horiguchi gets to his feet. Montague lands with a right hand. Horiguchi counters with a right. Horiguchi lands another right hand counter off a leg kick landed by Montague. Horiguchi leaps in with a left hand. They exchange leg kicks. Montague thought about a flying knee. He secures a takedown at the bell. Close round.
Round 2: Horiguchi moves in and Montague ties him up. Horiguchi looks to get the fight to the ground. Montague applies a guillotine choke. Horiguchi gives up on the takedown to defend the choke. He gets out. Horiguchi lands a right hand. Montague moves laterally on the outside. Horiguchi rushes in with a left hand. He lands to the body Horiguchi flurries. He lands. Montague is hurt. He looks for a takedown, but Horiguchi stuffs it. he lands a series of right hands. Montague covers. He’s turtles up. Horiguchi delivers a knee to the body. Montague stands only to be slammed back to the canvas. Montague scrambles to his feet. Horiguchi goes to the body with a right hand. Montague steps in with a straight left hand. He lands a front kick to the body. Horiguchi lands a kick to the body that hurts Montague. Horiguchi lands a left hand. He pours it on. Montague moves away. Horiguchi lands a huge right hand in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Horiguchi.
Round 3: They touch gloves to start th efinal round. Horiguchi lands a kick to the body. Montague presses forward. Horiguchi lands a kick to the body. Montague answers with a left hand. Horiguchi leaps in with a left hook. Montague jumps in with a flying knee. Horiguchi catches a kick and takes Montague down. He stands over him and drops in with a right hand. Horiguchi landing heavy shots. Montague lands an up kick. Montague gets to his feet. Montague paws with his jab. Horiguchi’s speed allows him to get out of the way. Montague lands a counter right hand on the inside. Horiguchi misses with a huge right hand. Horiguchi lands a counter right hand. Montague lands to the body with a kick and follows it with a left hand. Horiguchi lands a right hand. Montague counters with a left hook. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Horiguchi.
The judges scored the fight for Horiguchi by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
“I trust myself and believe in myself. Unfortunately my movement was not what I planned. I was looking for a KO, but I didn’t get it. I was slipping a little in the Octagon, but I kept pushing and won the fight.
“My goal is to be the champion, so I need to keep improving.”
“He had good speed I tried to hit him, he was tough to hit. I wasn’t surprised by anything, he is a good fighter.”