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UFC Fight Night 40: Kyoji Horiguchi Vs. Darrell Montague

ufc fight night 40

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrell Montague

Our first of two flyweights matches will see Kyoji Horiguchi take on Darrell Montague.

Horiguchi (12-1) is a former Shooto champion and won his UFC debut by stopping Dustin Pague last year. The 23-year-old is on a six-fight win streak.

Montague (13-3) lost his first fight inside the Octagon to John Dodson last October. The former Tachi Palace Fights champion defeated Ulysses Gomez for the belt, but lost it to Ian McCall.

Round 1: Both fighters trying to find the range early on, throwing huge strikes and kicks. Horiguchi almost catches Montague sleeping for a brief moment, and Montague fires back with a takedown. Active ground game for Horiguchi allows him to get to his feet, and he delivers a nice switch kick to the body. Good exchange by the two in the center of the Octagon. Horiguchi can seemingly jump in from several feet away and still land. He got quite the spring in his step.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Horiguchi

Round 2: Montague powers his way into a head-and-arm choke, but gets free. Horiguchi picks him up and Montague locks up a choke, forcing him to release the takedown attempt. Horiguchi catches him against the fence and unloads. Montague almost goes down, but he remains on his feet. Montague takes off and Horiguchi chases him. Takedown attempt from Montague and Horiguchi jumps on his back, as Montague is a bloody mess with two minutes to go. Good job by the referee to let them keep fighting, as Montague had recovered. Horiguchi still in a commanding position, looking to break him down. Big takedown opens Montague up for most shots. A kick to the body followed up by a shot to the body from Horiguchi. Huge left by Montague lands. Another body kick almost drops Montague, but he quickly recovers, only to eat another left hook and a huge right. Montague is on his bicycle, but tries to land a counter.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Horiguchi

Round 3: Montague looked finished there, and had trouble standing after the round ended. He’s back out for the third, though, and firing away on Horiguchi. Another glancing blow to the body of Montague. Another swooping left hook from Horiguchi, which is answered by a missed flying knee. Takedown by Horiguchi with three minutes to go and he postures up, hammering down big lefts. Montague misses on a sweep from guard and eats big strikes for his decision. Not a good idea there. Upkick, though, from Montague lands, as he flips to get out and we wind up in butterfly guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Horiguchi

Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrell Montague via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)