Former flyweight title challengers are set for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 2 in Manila this October.
[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]A[/mks_dropcap]iming to get another shot at the flyweight strap, Kyoji Horiguchi is set to face Ali Bagautinov in UFC Manila. Horiguchi is coming off back-to-back victories since his loss to the champion over a year ago at UFC 186. The 25-year old native of Gunma, Japan is currently ranked third in the promotion’s 125-pound division behind Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo.
Like Horiguchi, number eight-ranked Ali Bagautinov also shared the same fate in his first crack at Johnson’s belt. Following a failed title, Bagautinov suffered another loss at the hands of number one-ranked Benavidez in UFC 192 in October of last year.
The Russian “Puncher” returned to the winner’s circle with a unanimous decision victory over Geane Herrera in the undercard of UFC Ottawa. He’s looking to start another winning streak with a victory over the higher ranked Horiguchi and expects to propel name up the rankings.
Two-division champion B.J. Penn and perennial contender Ricardo Lamas will headline the second UFC Fight Night Manila card this October 15, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. To promote UFC Fight Night in Manila, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Muñoz is also making his stop in the Philippines as UFC’s ambassador.