Reigning Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight champion Ian Loveland is set to meet Shooto prospect Kyoji Horiguchi on Dec. 24 at Vale Tudo Japan 2012.

Sherdog.com confirmed the development Wednesday with Loveland’s management. Staged by Shooto promoter Sustain, VTJ 2012 will take place Christmas Eve at an as-yet-unannounced venue in Tokyo.

Loveland has won nine of his last 11 starts and enters the bout on the heels of two sizzling knockout victories. Since his 1-2 run in the UFC, the 29-year-old “Barn Owl” has captured the vacant TPF 135-pound strap by defeating Alexander Crispim in May, and defended it against Casey Olson in September. The Sports Lab representative has recorded finishes in 14 of his 16 professional wins.

A training partner of Kid Yamamoto at Tokyo’s Krazy Bee gym, 22-year-old Horiguchi has lost just once in nine pro outings, with that blemish coming in a January decision against Bellator vet Masakatsu Ueda. The 2010 Shooto rookie champ has rebounded with a March stoppage of established grappler Tetsu Suzuki and a July outpointing of Pancrase’s Manabu Inoue.

Held annually from 1994 to 1999, the Vale Tudo Japan series has featured a host of notable names, including Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Rickson Gracie and Takanori Gomi. The series was resurrected in 2009 and featured Gomi’s final appearance before signing with the UFC.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

How to watch Demetrious Johnson vs Kyoji Horiguchi UFC 186 'Prelims' fights live online

  • 11 hours ago
  • 1 views

Before the "Johnson vs. Horiguchi" mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view (PPV) fight card gets underway later this evening (Sat., April 25, 2015) at 10 p.m. ET, live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, read news >>

The List: As Aldo-McGregor looms, the other best-hyped fights in UFC history

  • 25 days ago
  • 5 views

In the latest edition of The List, we take a look at some of the other biggest hyped fights in UFC history with Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo looming in July. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Michael Bisping doesn’t understand injury-prone fighters: I don't pull out of fights

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC middleweight Michael Bisping reveals his dismay with regards to the constant slew of fighter injury withdrawals. read news >>

Glory 20 live stream online: Watch Glory fights right here live from Dubai

  • 25 days ago
  • 14 views

Fight fans, tune in right here to watch Glory 20 LIVE as it happens in an online live stream this Friday. Glory 20 is headlined by Robin van Roosmalen vs. Andy Ristie in a huge world title rematch. T read news >>

Michael Bisping: 'I don't pull out of fights and I don't puss out when somebody headbutts me'

  • 26 days ago
  • 12 views

Few fighters own a career ledger over the past four years more consistently inconsistent than Michael Bisping. The veteran Brit is just 3-4 over that span, but has alternated wins and losses in a fru read news >>

The Month in UFC History: April's Finest Fights

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Some of the best, most important and most memorable fights in UFC history have taken place in the month of April. read news >>

Invicta FC 12 card finalized, tickets on sale

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

The full card for Invicta FC 12 has been finalized with a total of 10 fights announced for the April 24 event.Filed under: News read news >>

Matt Hamill withdraws from WSOF 19, Thiago Silva now faces Teddy Holder

  • 28 days ago
  • 179 views

Just hours before he was set to return from retirement, Matt Hamill has withdrawn from tonight’s WSOF 19 event.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

UFC Fight Night 63's Dustin Poirier ready to leave featherweight for good

  • 28 days ago
  • 23 views

Eight wins in 11 fights in the UFC is a record that almost any professional fighter would be happy with. But for Dustin Poirier it was a struggle every time he had to prepare for a fight.Filed under: read news >>