RIZIN announced three more fights for their September 27th card on Sunday, including a bout between pro wrestler Dylan James and former sumo wrestler Tsuyoshi Sudario.
The heavyweight matchup will be the MMA debut for both James and Sudario.
James, a New Zealander, has worked on Japan’s pro wrestling scene since 2011. After working in Pro Wrestling ZERO1 up until 2017, James started a stint with AJPW in 2018. He wrestled over 200 matches for them, wrapping up his run in August of 2019.
Sudario competed in sumo from 2013 to 2019, going under the name of Takanofuji Sanzo at the time.
In September of 2019, the Japan Sumo Association asked Sudario to retire following an incident where he hit an attendant “in the forehead with his fist after a training session,” per Asahi.
Sudario announced his retirement in October of 2019.
“You’ve been a big bully in the sumo world, I know,” said James, acknowledging Sudario’s past at Sunday’s press conference.
Four Kickboxers Set For RIZIN Debut
Two more kickboxing bouts were added to the RIZIN 24 card on Sunday.
First was a 121-pound matchup between Rasta and Mutsuki Ebata, the twin brother of Rui Ebata.
Rasta, a longtime fighter for RISE, is coming off of an August victory over Daiki Toida.
A 132-pound kickboxing bout between Yuki Kitagawa and Taishi Hiratsuka was also announced.
A former K-1 Japan fighter, Hiratsuki will make his RIZIN debut on the card. His debut comes after a strong 2019, picking up three kickboxing wins from bouts in RISE and DEEP Impact.
Kitagawa will make his first appearance in RIZIN following a career in Japan’s Shoot Boxing promotion.
Here’s the full card, which is currently headlined by star kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa’s return to action. The show is scheduled to happen at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and has more bout announcements coming later in the week, per an announcement at the press conference on Sunday.
Bout 8: Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Koji (129 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 7: Takasuke Kume (23-6-3) vs. Satoru Kitaoka (42-20-10) (157 lbs)
Bout 6: Koji Takeda (10-1) vs. Yuki Kawana (16-4-5) (157 lbs)
Bout 5: Yusuke Yachi (21-10) vs. Juri Ohara (26-18-3) (157 lbs)
Bout 4: Takahiro Ashida (23-10-2) vs. Kyohei Hagiwara (1-2) (146 lbs)
Bout 3: Tsuyoshi Sudario (0-0) vs. Dylan James (0-0) (Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Mutsuki Ebata vs. Rasta (121 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 1: Yuki Kitagawa vs. Taishi Hiratsuka (132 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)