With Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson essentially cleaning house in the flyweight division, UFC matchmakers were not given much of a choice other than to thrust No. 8 ranked Kyoji Horiguchi into a title shot against arguably the world's best fighter in "Mighty Mouse."
Although the Japanese native himself admitted he would have liked to have a few more UFC fights under his belt prior to facing off against Johnson, there was no way he could pass up the opportunity to fight for UFC gold in only his fifth UFC outing.
Speaking with MMA Junkie, Horiguchi gave his thoughts on the upcoming title fight at UFC 186, and how he plans on becoming the UFC's first Japanese champion.
I am going for the victory and going for the title. My fighting style is different from Johnson's other opponents. My ability to control the distance, my movements and my motions with my hands because of my karate background."
"I understand he has the speed, but I have a different type of speed. I'm going to face him and fight the way I usually do with my fighting style. My standup game is good enough to fight with him."
"This is my honor to have a title shot. I'm going to make the most of it and become the first Japanese UFC champion. I am the most exciting fighter at flyweight, and I'm going to become champion."
Johnson vs Horiguchi is planned to be the UFC 186 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event on April 25, 2015 live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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