After parting ways with UFC, Ben Saunders interested in fighting for RIZIN

Ben Saunders | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Ben Saunders isn’t done with MMA just yet. After completing the last fight on his contract with the UFC, and parting ways with the organization for the third time in his 15-year career, “Killa B” would still like continue on his current career path before possibly making the […]

RIZIN 21 fight card finalized

Mikuru Asakura (pictured) headlines RIZIN 21 in a 150-pound bout against Daniel Salas on Saturday in Hamamatsu, Japan | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The bout card for RIZIN 21 event has been finalized. Mikuru Asakura and Daniel Salas meet in the 68-kg (approx. 150 pounds) headliner of RIZIN 21, which takes place Saturday (Friday evening […]

Rizin 21 Lineup Finalized; 10 Bouts to Stream Internationally on Fite TV

The lineup for this weekend’s Rizin Fighting Federation 21 card is complete, and 10 of the event’s 13 bouts will stream internationally on

Rizin 21 to Include Debut Bouts for UFC Veterans Masanori Kanehara, Naoki Inoue

Rizin Fighting Federation has announced a slew of bouts for its first card of 2020, including the promotional debuts of former UFC competitors Masanori Kanehara and Naoki Inoue. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Rizin FF 21 sees promotional debut of UFC vets Masanori Kanehara, Naoki Inoue

Japan’s Rizin FF kicks off its 2020 schedule on Feb. 22, and a few UFC veterans will be making their promotional debut. Promotional officials recently announced that Rizin FF 21 takes place on that date at Hamamatsu Arena in Hamamatsu, Japan. Seven MMA bouts have been added to the lineup thus far, including three-time UFC […]

UFC Signs Rizin Light Heavyweight Champion Jiri Prochazka to Exclusive Contract

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has bolstered its light heavyweight division, signing Rizin champion Jiri Prochazka to an exclusive contract. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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Patricky Pitbull avoids surgery for injuries sustained at RIZIN 20, eyes May return to Bellator

Patricky Pitbull battled through injuries to face Tofiq Musayev in the tournament final in Japan. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Patricky Freire’s trip to Japan was a costly one as the Bellator lightweight suffered multiple injuries during his tournament bouts with Luiz Gustavo and Tofiq Musayev on Dec. 31. The good news, however, is that […]

Patricky Pitbull avoids surgery for injuries sustained at RIZIN 20, expects mid-2020 return to Bellator

Patricky Pitbull battled through injuries to face Tofiq Musayev in the tournament final in Japan. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Patricky Freire’s trip to Japan was a costly one as the Bellator lightweight suffered multiple injuries during his tournament bouts with Luiz Gustavo and Tofiq Musayev on Dec. 31. The good news, however, is that […]

Rizin Atomweight Champ Seo Hee Ham Alleges She’s Victim of Embezzlement

Rizin Fighting Federation atomweight champ Seo Hee Ham has gone public with allegations that a management team has been embezzling money throughout her career. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Bellator champ-champ Ryan Bader wants to defend 205-pound title vs. Rizin FF champ Jiri Prochazka

Since Ryan Bader couldn’t come to terms to compete on New Year’s Eve at Rizin FF 20, he wants their light heavyweight champion to come to him. Bellator heavyweight and light heavyweight champ Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) was initially hoping to potentially challenge Rizin FF’s 205-pound champ Jiri Prochazka, but instead, his teammate C.B. […]

Rizin Atomweight Champ Seo Hee Ham Alleges Deep, Rizin Promoter Embezzling Money

Rizin Fighting Federation atomweight champ Seo Hee Ham has gone public with allegations that a promoter has been embezzling money throughout her career. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

MMA Junkie Radio #3014: PFL and Rizin recaps, Nick Diaz, Floyd Mayweather and more

Thursday’s edition of MMA Junkie Radio with hosts “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” is here! On Episode No. 3,014 of the podcast, the boys look back the PFL’s 2019 playoff finals and discuss Ronda Rousey-Kayla Harrison comparisons, Edson Barboza, Nick Diaz, Floyd Mayweather and more. THE RUNDOWN: We recap Rizin’s New Year’s Eve event in Japan. […]

Video: After RIZIN 20 win, Jake Heun believes he’s not made for ‘unified rules system’

SAITAMA, Japan — After his RIZIN 20 win, Jake Heun breaks down his win over Satoshi Ishii, turning his career around, his proper weight class, who he wants next, and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Video: Johnny Case will ‘go where the money goes’ in free agency, but hopes to re-sign with RIZIN

SAITAMA, Japan — Johnny Case discusses his loss to Tofiq Musaev in the RIZIN lightweight grand prix semifinal, his plan to explore free agency but hoping to re-sign with RIZIN, why the Japanese ruleset is better than the unified rules, and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Video: Coffee Talk: Bellator Japan and RIZIN 20 edition

ESTHER LIN As 2019 comes to a close, the MMA Fighting crew in Japan breaks down two of the final cards of the year including Bellator 237 and RIZIN 20. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Bellator champ-champ Ryan Bader calls out RIZIN 205 counterpart Jiri Prochazka

Rizin FF The pieces appear to be falling into place for Bellator champ-champ Ryan Bader’s next title defense. After Bellator President Scott Coker teased Bader’s next fight would be in the light heavyweight division, where he’s held the belt since June 2017, Bader called out Jiri Prochazka following the Rizin light-heavy champ’s knockout win over […]

The A-Side Live Chat: 2019 End of the Year Awards, Conor McGregor’s return, Bellator Japan & Rizin 20 fallout

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For this episode, José Youngs and Petesy Carroll kick off 2020 by breaking down some of the top storylines in the world of mixed martial arts. Some of the topics they will discuss will be the fallout from Bellator Japan and Rizin 20, the impending return of Conor McGregor at UFC […]

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