Nothing like some old school MMA stakes to kick off your weekend. It’s summertime in New York City and Scott Coker made Darrion Caldwell versus Kyoji Horiguchi happen; again.
There is just something about cross promotion fights that makes the Fight Gods smile down upon us. Not only is this some very rare MMA cross promotion, this is also a champion versus champion fight. Topping it all off, Caldwell and Horiguchi are both in their prime.
And with all due respect to Henry Cejudo, the winner of this Bellator vs. Rizin super-fight has a claim to the MMA bantamweight Iron Throne.
Crown a 135 pound king on a Friday night at Madison Square Garden? Damn it, Scott Coker you just did it again. Even checking out the Bellator 222 card from top to bottom, Coker and Company just lost their damn minds on this one. Friday’s event in NYC may be the most stacked Belly event of all time.
Just look at it
Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie
Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen
Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey
Ricky Bandejas vs. Patrick Mix
Eduardo Dantas vs. Juan Archuleta
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrion Caldwell
Aaron Pico vs. Adam Borics
Heather Hardy vs. Taylor Turner
Lindsey VanZandt vs. Rena Kubota
Valerie Loureda vs. Larkyn Dasch
Robson Gracie Jr. vs. Oscar Vera
Bellator just unloading their clip in the middle of June.
Which brings us back to Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrion Caldwell. A natural flyweight versus a natural featherweight for a bantamweight belt. That is old school MMA and MiddleEasy loves fights with actual stakes.
How much bigger is Caldwell than Horiguchi?
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) June 13, 2019
Should also be noted, the last time these two beasts were in a Rizin ring, Kyoji choked out Darrion.
What a visual. What a fight.
More of this in MMA, please.