Fightland Ep.2:山本”KID”徳郁 お墨付き!堀口恭司 – Japan’s Karate Kid: Kyoji Horiguchi


In my first UFC match abroad, I thought… “I’ll do what I usually do.
I’ll kick some ass.” Right now, there aren’t any Japanese fighters who are stars. I want to be that star.
So that I can make this sport more popular. I started karate when I was five. Karate is definitely a big part of my fighting style. – Straight punches seem to work with this guy.
– Right there? My goal is to get the UFC championship belt. I’m Kyoji Horiguchi.
I belong to a team called Krazy Bee. I’m 23 years old. When I was in high school, the Pride
Fighting Championships were popular on TV. I was only 16 at the time, but I was blown away. I particularly looked up to the fighter “Kid” Yamamoto. He was knocking down guys that were much bigger than him. I’m not so big myself, and I wanted to do the same. That’s how it started. Meet Kid, the number one playboy from
team Krazy Bee. – What’s up guys. I’m Kid. Horiguchi has great groundwork techniques.
He’s rapidly becoming stronger overall. There’s no doubt he’ll get the
championship belt at UFC. It’s just a matter of how long he can keep it. Can’t wait to see it happen. The type of karate I did was called Sports Karate. It’s unique in that, it allows you to attack your opponent from a much further distance than other types of sports. So that’s become one of my strengths. For example, compared to boxing or kickboxing, I make my move from one step further away. That makes me different. I can approach without being obvious, so my opponents are hit before they know it. Next thing they know, it’s over. That’s all thanks to my karate background. The difference in doing this sport in Japan and the US is that in the US, you always have a coach. They tell you what you’re doing right and wrong. So the athletes tend to improve their techniques faster, and more efficiently, in a short amount of time. In Japan, we don’t have that kind of
support system in place. You have to actively seek advice. That’s the biggest difference I’ve noticed. Welcome to my crib! People think I’m loaded now that I’ve made it to UFC. Still a long way to go. Don’t have much! Give me money! I don’t watch many MMA or UFC videos. I keep fighting and my private life separate. In my free time, I like to take it easy. Do whatever I feel like doing. Like fishing. I watch a lot of fishing videos, actually. I come here at the weekends to unwind.
It’s relaxing. Beautiful wildlife, beautiful river. Beautiful fish. – Damn! It got away. Check out today’s winning fishing lure.
It’s this color. I choose different colors depending on the day. Or different shapes. Certain lures work better at certain times of the day. I try different ones to see what works best. It’s so much fun. When I first met him, he reminded me of a little monkey. When we got back in touch,
he didn’t tell me that he was a fighter. I thought he might be a yakuza member!
Because he’s so buff. I totally thought he went down that path! When Japanese people think of fighters
or MMA in general, they think that we’re barbaric.
That it’s an uncivilized sport. On the other hand, people in other countries
respect fighters. When I tell people what I do, they’re in awe. We envy the West in that sense.
All my fighter friends say so. So when I got the offer from the UFC, I was elated. As soon as I got offered, I did a match in the US. UFC is going to become a regular thing for me. I don’t want to lose now and become an
embarrassment for Japanese fighters. I’m going to aim high and go for that belt. – To good games! Cheers!
– Cheers! Here we go.
Staying low, looking good. The first to attack always wins. – Is this you Kyoji?
– That’s right, look at him. We’re watching my last UFC match. – The guy’s arms and legs were so long.
– Tricky, huh. I thought I could shake him off, but couldn’t. Here, I gave him a jab in the stomach and he groaned. – Was that it?
– Yeah, that! You totally winded him. The pounding trick that I used to do… I’d swing my fist to the back
like I was swimming, right? Way back, so that the opponent can’t see it. Then from there, bam! I was flexible, you see.
Almost always worked. I’m checking out my next opponent. He throws ad hoc punches. – That’s why he can’t hit Dodson.
– Dodson’s moving in on him. He’s getting about 3 punches in. I’m thinking of doing something similar. Your usual jab should get him good.
You’ll get him in the face. The guy looks frozen. If Dodson can KO the guy like this, it’ll be a piece of pie for my buddy Kyoji. I’m still very far from getting a title. Unless I win strong with a KO in my next match, It’ll take even longer to get to the top. That’s why I need to win with a KO. This gym attracts strong athletes. In that sense, Krazy Bee is special. The senior fighters here,
like Kid and Kotetsu Boku, give us advice every step of the way. That’s why I’m the fighter that I am today. You can’t get this kind of mentorship elsewhere. That’s why I think this gym is the best.

100 thoughts on “Fightland Ep.2:山本”KID”徳郁 お墨付き!堀口恭司 – Japan’s Karate Kid: Kyoji Horiguchi

  1. 日本社会がまだ直視出来ない世界だと思う。リアルで真っ直ぐな世界。素晴らしい。早く時代がこの世界に追いついてくるのを願います。

  2. まさか、天心とあんなすごい戦いをするとは思ってもなかった

  3. WOW HOROGUCHI KID IS YOUR FRIEND AND YOU TRAIN WITH HIM ??? SUPER
    I AM HAPPY FOR YOU 😉 STAY HEALTHY BOTH AND I BELIEVE IN YOU, SINCE YOU ARE TOGETHER AN UNBEATABLE TEAM 😉 BUT WATCHES YOU " UFC HAS A SATANIC BACKGROUND OF EVIL ".
    I WISH YOU LOTS OF LUCK AND BLESSING, ON ALL OF YOUR WAYS 😉
    AND YOUR GIRLFRIEND, HOROGUCHI, WILL ALWAYS LIGHT YOURSELF,
    EVEN IF THE DARK IS STILL SO MIND 😉
    YOUR GERMANIC LIGHT, ON THE EDGE OF THE WAY

  4. 初めてこの動画を見た3年前
    「なんかあんまり華が無い人だな~」って思った自分を恥じてます。

  5. いつかはufcにまた戻ってほしいな、堀口選手なら王者になれる、あと堀口選手の海苔弁ヘア好きです

  6. 永久不滅な動画
    やっぱまだ実感できなくて事実を噛み締めると悲しい。堀口選手にはもう一度UFCに戻ってベルト巻いてほしい。KIDも必ず喜んでくれる。

  7. kid!!!堀口がベラトールのチャンピオンになったぞ!弟子が世界を取ってくれた

  8. ベラトールのベルト獲得しましたね!
    本当におめでとうございます!
    日本の誇りですね。

  9. KIDさんの言葉が現実に変わりました!!!
    これから先もっと凄いことが待ってると思います!!!
    見ててください!!!

  10. I still believe Kyoji-San will win UFC gold one day. Maybe he will even beat Henry Cejudo to become a 3-promotion Champion. It is just a shame Yamamoto-San will not be on earth to see it, but he will be beaming with pride from above! Rest In Peace to one of the best…

  11. やっぱKIDは間違ってなかった。
    本物は本物を知る。
    応援してきてよかった!
    デメトリアスやったれ!
    ONE乗り込んでください!

  12. そういえばなんでベラトーラに行ったんですか?UFCよりベラトーラの方がいいんですか?あんまり詳しくないんで誰か教えてください

  13. 最強の師弟コンビ!
    KIDも全盛期の怪我さえなければとんでもない事になっていたに違いない。
    堀口がんばれー!いつも応援してます!

  14. 0:23

    右側の女の子名前忘れたけど、欅坂46の子ちゃうよな?キャプテンの子

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