Patchy Mix upsets Kyoji Horiguchi in thriller Bantamweight Grand Prix opener

Kyoji Horiguchi and Patchy Mix kicked off the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix at Bellator 279.

It was a thrilling encounter when Patchy Mix took on Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator 279 and it was the right bout to kick off the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix. The first round went to Mix easily, who dominated the Japanese icon on the ground. The next four rounds, however, were very close. You could make a case for either man in each round but the first.

It appears as though that first-round helped secure the victory, with Mix winning 48-47 on all three of the judge’s cards. Horiguchi looked good, but Mix looked just a bit better. Horiguchi has dropped his second straight fight in a Bellator cage.

Patchy Mix moves on in the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix.

This sets up a bout with either Magomed Magomedov or Enrique Barzola, barring any cancellations or injuries. Barzola won a qualifier to get into the tournament at Bellator 278, and now those two men will fight on June 24 with the winner getting the very game Mix in the semi-finals.

Bellator 279: Cris Cyborg vs. Arlene Blencowe 2 takes place on Friday, April 23, 2022, live from the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, HI. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.

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