USA vs Japan: Darrion Caldwell, Kyoji Horiguchi rematch at ‘Bellator 222’ in Madison Square Garden

Darrion Caldwell, Kyoji Horiguchi
Darrion Caldwell, Kyoji Horiguchi

The United States and Japan were among the seven countries represented at “Bellator 222.” Bellator MMA held the mixed martial arts even in Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States on June 14, 2019.

“Bellator 222” featured 18 MMA matches. The 13th bout of the evening was the cross-promotional rematch between reigning Bellator Bantamweight World Champion Darrion “The Wolf” Caldwell, 31, of Redlands, California, USA and reigning RIZIN Bantamweight champion Kyoji “The Supernova” Horiguchi, 28, of Takasaki, Gunma, Japan.

Caldwell was one of the 28 fighters who represented the U.S. at “Bellator 222” while Horiguchi was one of the two representatives of Japan. Brazil, Canada, Hungary, Israel and Peru were also represented.

The official “Bellator 222” weigh-ins took place at the Bellator host hotel in New York. Caldwell and Horiguchi weighed 134.6 lbs and 134.4 lbs, respectively.

Blue Corner

Born in Takasaki on October 12, 1990, Horiguchi started his karate training when he was 5 years old. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2010.

“Bellator 222” was the first Bellator MMA fighter of Horiguchi, who is currently signed in Rizin Fighting Federation. He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship from 2013 to 2016.

Red Corner

Born in Rahway, New Jersey, USA on December 19, 1987, Caldwell competed in wrestling at Rahway High School and North Carolina State University. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2012.

“Bellator 222” marked Caldwell’s 12th Bellator MMA fight. He has been reigning as the Bellator Bantamweight World Champion since October 6, 2017.

Fight Result

“Rizin 14,” which took place on December 31, 2018, marked the first time Caldwell and Horiguchi faced it each other. The Japanese contender submitted his American opponent.

Todd Anderson served as the referee of Caldwell and Horiguchi’s rematch at “Bellator 222.” After five five-minute rounds, the Bellator Bantamweight World Championship bout was left in the hands of the three judges.

One judge scored the bout 48-47 while both of the other two judges scored it 49-46. In the end, Anderson raised the hand of Horiguchi, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “Bellator 222” improved the professional MMA record of Horiguchi to 28 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Caldwell now has 13 wins and 3 losses.

“Bellator 222” Main Events

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, 41, of Brazil and Chael Sonnen, 42, of West Linn, Oregon, USA competed in the light heavyweight division in the co-main event. The Brazilian contender knocked out his American opponent in the second round.

Neiman Gracie, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning Bellator Welterweight World Champion Rory “Red King” MacDonald, 29, of Canada in the main event, which was also a Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout. The defending champion won via unanimous decision.

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Japan vs USA: Rena Kubota, Lindsey VanZandt fight at ‘Bellator 222’ in Madison Square Garden

Rena Kubota, Lindsey VanZandt
Rena Kubota, Lindsey VanZandt

Japan and the United States were among the seven countries represented at “Bellator 222.” Bellator MMA held the mixed martial arts even in Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, USA on June 14, 2019.

“Bellator 222” featured 18 MMA matches. The sixth bout of the evening was between Rena Kubota, 27, of Osaka, Japan and Lindsey “Damsel” VanZandt, 25, of Wappingers Falls, New York.

Kubota was one of the two fighters who represented Japan while VanZandt was one of the 28 representatives of the U.S. at “Bellator 222.” Brazil, Canada, Hungary, Israel and Peru were also represented.

The official “Bellator 222” weigh-ins took place at the Bellator host hotel in New York. Kubota and VanZandt weighed 111.2 lbs and 111.4 lbs, respectively.

Blue Corner

VanZandt was born in Wappingers Falls on August 6, 1993. She has been competing professionally since 2017.

“Bellator 222” marked VanZandt’s second Bellator MMA fight. She previously competed in King of the Cage, Maverick MMA and Invicta Fighting Championships.

Red Corner

Born in Osaka on June 29, 1991, Kubota is a multiple time Shoot Boxing Women’s Flyweight Champion with a combined professional shoot boxing and kickboxing record of 35 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw. As an MMA fighter, she has been competing professionally since 2015.

 Kubota made her Bellator MMA debut at “Bellator 222.” She previously competed in Rizin Fighting Federation.

Fight Result

Kubota and VanZandt competed at a catch weight of 112 lbs. Todd Anderson served as the referee.

Anderson put a stop to the catchweight bout after 4 minutes and 4 seconds in the first round. VanZandt submitted Kubota via rear-naked choke.

Winning at “Bellator 222” improved VanZandt’s professional MMA record to 5 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Kubota now has 8 wins and losses.

“Bellator 222” Main Events

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, 41, of Brazil and Chael Sonnen, 42, of West Linn, Oregon, USA competed in the light heavyweight division in the co-main event. The Brazilian contender knocked out his American opponent in the second round.

Neiman Gracie, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning Bellator Welterweight World Champion Rory “Red King” MacDonald, 29, of Canada in the main event, which was also a Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout. The defending champion won via unanimous decision.

Check all the “Bellator 222” results on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] Japan, South Korea vs Malaysia: Yoshihiro Akiyama, Agilan Thani fight at ‘ONE: Legendary Quest’ in China

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Japan, South Korea and Malaysia were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” On the card were both mixed martial arts matches and ONE Super Series contests, featuring both kickboxing and Muay Thai.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Legendary Quest” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on June 15, 2019. The co-main event of the evening was between Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama, 43, of Japan and South Korea and Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Malaysia.

Akiyama was one of the three representatives of Japan and one of the three representatives of South Korea at “ONE: Legendary Quest” while Thani solely represented Malaysia. Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Scotland, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented.

On June 12, 2019, Akiyama and Thani had their official face-off during the press conference at Yunspace in Shanghai. The event was graced by ONE Championship Greater China chairman Hua Fung Teh and reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China.

Blue Corner

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 18, 1995, Thani was undefeated as an amateur fighter and turned professional in 2015 when he joined ONE Championship. “ONE: Legendary Quest” marked his 12th bout in the promotion.

Thani trains out of Monarchy MMA in Kuala Lumpur under Samir Mrabet, 34, of Brussels, Belgium. In addition, the Malaysian fighter regularly visits Team Quest in the United States for his training.

Red Corner

A fourth-generation Japanese, Akiyama was born Sung Hoon Choo in Ikuno-Ku, Osaka, Japan to Korean parents on July 29, 1975. He started his judo training when he was 3 years old and went on to become a third-dan black belt in judo and a black belt in Gaidojutsu.

Training out of his own gym Team Cloud in Tokyo, Japan, Akiyama made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” Before joining the promotion, he competed in K-1, DREAM and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, among others.

Fight Result

Akiyama and Thani ompeted in an MMA match in the welterweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the welterweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of Thani, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Legendary Quest” improved the professional MMA record of Thani to 9 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Akiyama now has 14 wins, 7 losses, 0 draw and 2 No Contests.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” Main Event

ONE Super Series debutante Alma Juniku, 18, of Australia challenged reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, 27, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

Check all “ONE: Legendary Quest” results on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] Japan vs South Korea: Koyomi Matsushima, Kwon Won Il fight at ‘ONE: Legendary Quest’ in Shanghai, China

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Japan and South Korea were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” On the card were both mixed martial arts matches and ONE Super Series contests, featuring both kickboxing and Muay Thai.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Legendary Quest” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on June 15, 2019. The 10th bout of the evening was between Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima, 26, of Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan and “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il, 23, of South Korea.

Matsushima was one of the three athletes who represented Japan at “ONE: Legendary Quest” while Kwon was one of the three representatives of South Korea. Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Scotland, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented.

On June 12, 2019, Matsushima and Kwon had their official face-off during the press conference at Yunspace in Shanghai. The event was graced by ONE Championship Greater China chairman Hua Fung Teh and reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China.

Blue Corner

Born in South Korea on July 24, 1995, Kwon is a black belt in taekwondo. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2014.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” marked Kwon’s fourth ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Extreme Combat in Goyang, South Korea and Top Gym BF in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Red Corner

Born on October 8, 1992 in Yokohama, Matsushima started his martial arts training with Kyokushin karate. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2015.

Training out of Pancrase ISM Yokohama, Matsushima made his ONE Championship debut on September 22, 2018 and beat former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov, 34, of Makhachkala, Russia. “ONE: Legendary Quest” marked the Japanese fighter’s second bout in the promotion.

Fight Result

Matsushima and Kwon competed in an MMA bout in the featherweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Cheng raised the hand of Matsushima, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Legendary Quest” improved the professional MMA record of Matsushima to 11 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Kwon now has 7 wins and 2 losses.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” Main Events

Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia faced ONE Championship debutante Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama, 43, of Osaka, Japan in an MMA match in the welterweight division. The Malaysian contender won via unanimous decision.

ONE Super Series debutante Alma Juniku, 18, of Australia challenged reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, 27, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

Check all “ONE: Legendary Quest” results on Conan Daily.