Yoshinori Horie


Released by UFC
November 5, 2019
The UFC has terminated it contract with Horie, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.USAToday.com reports.
Horie lost his debut fight to Hakeem Dawodu via TKO at UFC 240 in July. Unfortunately, that is all the company needed to see before opting to let him go. He is another casualty among a string of roster cuts.
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Can't escape torturous third round
July 27, 2019
Horie lost to Hakeem Dawodu via TKO (head kick) at 4:09 of Round 3 at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday.
Horie started the fight on a high note, darting in and out while stinging his opponent with strikes, but after a while it became clear that he was looking for the same overhand shot time and time again, which allowed the slick Dawodu to get his head off the center line and work his game before pouring on the offense in the final frame. Horie is clearly a fast and powerful kickboxer, but the lack of diversity and clear predilection towards countering could hurt him at the highest level. He falls to 8-2 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Making UFC debut vs. Dawodu
July 4, 2019
Horie will make his UFC debut on July 27 when he faces off against Hakeem Dawodu at UFC 240 in Edmonton.
Horie is 8-1 as a pro, and he's coming off a two-fight win streak. Most recently, he took down Hiroshige Tanaka at Pancrase 303 by a right hook knockout. Dawodu is 2-1 since joining UFC and most recently defeated Kyle Bochniak via split decision.