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Kyoji Horiguchi says he just wants to have an exciting fight with Demetrious Johnson

Kyoji Horiguchi is scheduled to challenge Demetrious Johnson this Saturday at UFC 186 for the Flyweight title and recently spoke about the upcoming fight.

“The only thing I could say is, I thank the UFC for giving me this great opportunity,” he said. “Of course, I am ready to face one of the greatest champions in UFC history and get that belt. I cannot afford to lose the fight.”

Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1) 9 KOs, 1 Subs & 5 Dec wins. He is currently on a nine fight winning streak. Out of his last five bouts, he has finished three of those by knockout. He beat Shintaro Ishiwatari in June of 2013 at a local show by 5th round TKO, then beat Dustin Pague at UFC 166 in his UFC debut by second round TKO. He beat Darrell Montague in May of 2014 by unanimous decision, he knocked out Jon Delos Reyes in September of 2014 by TKO in the first round. In his next/latest bout, he beat Louis Gaudinot at UFC 182 by unanimous decision.

“I respect him a lot,” Horiguchi said. “No question, he is the best of the best, a complete MMA fighter who has all which modern MMA requires. I would like to keep the fight in the stand-up game and avoid going to the ground, where he may have an advantage. And I want to show an exciting fight for the fans. I believe it will be a good matchup for fans to watch. We both move fast and look for the finish. Please look at my power and speed in terms of ‘response time’, which is different from DJ’s speed. Do not close your eyes once we get into the Octagon.”

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UFC 186 takes place from inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on April 25 and will air on Fight Pass, Fox Sports 1 and PPV.

The fights start with the prelims on UFC Fight Pass at 7:00 p.m. ET then four fights airing on Fox Sports 1 and then the pay-per-view bouts starting at 10:00 p.m. EST.