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Bellator 272 To Feature Sergio Pettis Vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

A bantamweight title fight headlines Bellator 272 as Sergio Pettis meets Kyoji Horiguchi.

Set for December 3 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The event airs live on Showtime.

Pettis will be defending his title for the first time against Horiguchi, who is also the current RIZIN champion.

“I would like to use this opportunity to thank Bellator and Scott Coker for providing our RIZIN bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi the opportunity to challenge the Bellator championship,” said RIZIN CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara. “I am very excited to say Horiguchi’s challenge is just the first step of what Bellator and RIZIN has planned. Bellator and RIZIN’s ambitious challenges and battles will begin from December 3rd.”

After signing with Bellator MMA in October 2019, the Roufusport MMA Academy-standout made his successful promotional debut three months later when he recorded a first-round technical submission via guillotine choke over Alfred Khashakyan at Bellator 238.

Hailing from Takasaki, Japan, the 31-year-old Horiguchi is the reigning RIZIN bantamweight champion who notoriously became a simultaneous, two-promotion champion in 2019 after taking down and upsetting then-Bellator champion Darrion Caldwell at Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, an injury would force Horiguchi to relinquish his Bellator title in Nov. 2019 and he now looks to reclaim his belt at Bellator 272.

Two additional action-packed preliminary matchups have also been announced with a featherweight feature between Hawaii’s Keoni Diggs (9-1) and John de Jesus (14-9) as well as a bantamweight battle between Josh Hill (20-4) and Jared Scoggins (10-1).


Friday, Dec. 3 – live on SHOWTIME

10 p.m. ET/PT 


Bantamweight World Title Bout: Champion-Sergio Pettis (21-5) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (29-3)



Friday, Dec. 3 – live on SHOWTIME

7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT 


Bantamweight Bout: Josh Hill (20-4) vs. Jared Scoggins (10-1)

Featherweight bout: Keoni Diggs (9-1) vs. John de Jesus (14-9)