Rizin Fighting Federation Announces Lightweight Grand Prix Participants

Rizin Fighting Federation is hosting a lightweight grand prix and the promotion announced eight participants on Wednesday. The tournament kicks off on Oct. 12 at Rizin FF 19. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Damien Brown Eyes Spot in Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix

Damien Brown is currently a free agent. After leaving the UFC and signing with Rizin on a two-fight deal, he went 2-0 and has yet to get a new contract. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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Kai Asakura Shocks Kyoji Horiguchi with 68-Second Knockout in Rizin 18 Headliner

No title was on the line in the Rizin Fighting Federation 18 main event, but don’t tell that to Kai Asakura. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Rizin Fighting Federation 18 Results & Updates (1 a.m. ET)

Quick results from Sunday’s Rizin Fighting Federation 18 card in Japan. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Rizin Veteran Karl Albrektsson Signs with Bellator MMA

Swedish light heavyweight Karl Albrektsson has signed a contract with Bellator MMA. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Mikuru Asakura Earns Unanimous Verdict Over Yusuke Yachi in Rizin 17 Main Event

Mikuru Asakura won his sixth consecutive fight in the Rizin Fighting Federation 17 headliner, rolling to a convincing unanimous decision over Yusuke Yachi at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Sunday. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Rizin 17 Weigh-in Results: All Fighters Hit Contracted Marks

Rizin Fighting Federation’s third event of 2019 will proceed as planned, as all fighters scheduled to compete made weight for their respective bouts. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Bellator 224: Julia Budd wants Gabi Garcia in Rizin on NYE, then Leslie Smith

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – After arguably her most dominant title defense yet, Julia Budd knows a few things. For starters, Budd thinks she proved herself to be the best women’s featherweight in the world. And second and third, she has a solid plan with what she wants next, and it starts with someone about 100 pounds […]

Bellator champ Julia Budd interested in Rizin FF fight with ‘double my size’ Gabi Garcia

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Julia Budd is dialed in on Friday’s Bellator 224 title defense against Olga Rubin, but the featherweight champion sees some big fights on the horizon after signing a new four-fight deal with the promotion. The “big” can be emphasized for one fight in particular. Budd (12-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) said her champion […]

Kyoji Horiguchi to Face Kai Asakura in Non-Title, Bantamweight Affair at Rizin 18

Kyoji Horiguchi will return to the Rizin ring to face Kai Asakura in a non-title, bantamweight clash on Aug. 18. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Kyoji Horiguchi returns to Rizin for non-title bout in August

Months after dethroning Darrion Caldwell to win the Bellator bantamweight gold, Kyoji Horiguchi will return to Japan to face Kai Asakura in a non-title bout at Rizin 18 on Aug. 18 in Nagoya. Horiguchi (28-2) is riding an incredible 13-fight winning streak that includes three UFC victories and a 9-0 run in Rizin. Horiguchi submitted […]

Rizin Adds Trio of Bouts to July Card Including Debut of Ivan Shtyrkov

Rizin Fighting Federation is putting together quite a card for the end of July, adding three more fights to an already solid lineup. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Rizin chief Nobuyuki Sakakibara guarantees Kyoji Horiguchi will beat Darrion Caldwell

NEW YORK – Rizin executive Shingo Kashiwagi did most of the translating when CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara spoke to reporters at a media day for Bellator 222. But there was one statement that needed no interpretation when Sakakibara was asked what would happen if Rizin bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi bested Bellator bantamweight champ Darrion Caldwell a […]

Video: Rizin champion Kyoji Horiguchi likes fighting in cage more than ring

NEW YORK CITY – Rizin Fighting Federation bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi discusses his return to the United States for Bellator 222, the difference between fighting in a ring and in a cage, the flyweight division not being popular in America, and much more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Yuta Sasaki vs. Shintaro Ishiwatari, Two Other Bouts Set for Rizin 17

Ex-UFC talent Yuta Sasaki will square off against Shintaro Ishiwatari at Rizin Fighting Federation 17. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Rizin FF 17 set for July 28, initial bouts include UFC vet Ulka Sasaki

Following this past weekend’s Rizin FF 16 event, the promotion has announced its next card will take place in July. Promotion officials revealed Rizin FF 17 will take place July 28 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Initial contests for the card include lightweights Mikuru Asakura (10-1) vs. Yusuke Yachi (20-8), bantamweights Yuki Motoya […]

The Weekly Grind: Jake Heun pays homage to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at Rizin FF 16, Garbrandt gets giant back tattoo

The life of a professional fighter isn’t all glitz and glamour. As if getting punched, kicked, kneed, choked and twisted into a pretzel on a regular basis isn’t enough, fighters attract a general wackiness that makes their lives, well…interesting. To commemorate these day-to-day hardships, slip-ups, pranks, and more, we bring you, “The Weekly Grind.” .@JakeHeun […]

Three new bouts added to Rizin 17

Former UFC flyweight contender Ulka Sasaki has his next Rizin fight booked. The Japanese fighter is set to face former Pancrase champion Shintaro Ishiwatari in a bantamweight fight at Rizin 17. The event is set to go down at the Saitama Super Arena on July 28. The news was announced by the promotion on Sunday […]

Ayaka Hamasaki Outpoints Jinh Yu Frey, Retains Atomweight Crown at Rizin 16

Score another one for Rizin Fighting Federation in cross-promotional champion vs. champion superfights. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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