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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 18: Kyoji Horiguchi weighs in during the UFC 166 weigh-in at the Toyota Center on October 18, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kyoji Horiguchi
TRAINING: MMA training Monday through Friday
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started Karate when I was five years old because my father forced me to do it.
What ranks and titles have you held? Shooto 132-pound World Champion, 2010 Rookie of the Year, 2010 MVP, Karate black belt – 2nd degree
Do you have any heroes? No question about it, my hero is Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto!
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a great chance to establish my MMA career.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No, I did not. I joined the KRAZY BEE team right after I graduated high school because I wanted to become a professional MMA fighter under KID even though I had an offer from the college.
What was your job before you started fighting? High School student
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Regional Karate Champion in Japan
Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke
Favorite striking technique: Straight