Two matchups were announced for RIZIN’s September 27th card RIZIN 24 on Tuesday. The big names in the matchups were RIZIN Bantamweight Champion Kai Asakura and known Shootboxer RENA.
Kai Asakura vs. Shoji Maruyama
Asakura will see a quick turnaround on the September card when he faces Shoji Maruyama. He last fought in August, defeating Hiromasa Ougikubo to capture the vacant RIZIN Bantamweight Championship.
His previous fight was a New Year’s Eve loss to the previous champion, Manel Kape, who is now signed to the UFC.
While Asakura is the champion, the fight will not be for his belt.
Maruyama will return shortly after his last fight as well, as he picked up an August 23rd win over Kosuke Terashima recently. The frequent DEEP Impact fighter and former DREAM competitor will see his first appearance under the RIZIN banner.
RENA vs. Emi Tomimatsu
RENA will have her first fight of 2020 when she faces DEEP Jewels veteran Emi Tomimatsu.
RENA finished her 2019 with a win, defeating Lindsey VanZant at RIZIN 20. The victory avenged a loss earlier in the year to VanZandt at Bellator 222. The fight is set to be RENA’s 13th for RIZIN (including non-MMA bouts).
Her opponent, Tomimatsu, has a 31-fight career, with 15 of those matchups being wins. Tomimatsu has fought the majority of her career in all-women’s promotion DEEP Jewels. Her last fight was outside of the promotion, losing a December bout to Yoon Ha Hong on a Road FC card.
The fight will happen at 53kgs, which roughly translates to the strawweight limit of 116-pounds. RENA’s most recent fights have taken place at a catchweight of 112-pounds. Tomimatsu has mostly fought at atomweight, weighing around 105-pounds for her recent DEEP Jewels fights.
Now with 10 fights in total, here’s how RIZIN 24, which is set to happen at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, looks.
RIZIN 24’s Updated Lineup
Bout 10: Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Koji (129 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 9: Takasuke Kume (23-6-3) vs. Satoru Kitaoka (42-20-10) (157 lbs)
Bout 8: Koji Takeda (10-1) vs. Yuki Kawana (16-4-5) (157 lbs)
Bout 7: Yusuke Yachi (21-10) vs. Juri Ohara (26-18-3) (157 lbs)
Bout 6: Takahiro Ashida (23-10-2) vs. Kyohei Hagiwara (1-2) (146 lbs)
Bout 5: Tsuyoshi Sudario (0-0) vs. Dylan James (0-0) (Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Mutsuki Ebata vs. Rasta (121 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 3: Yuki Kitagawa vs. Taishi Hiratsuka (132 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 2: RENA (10-3) vs. Emi Tomimatsu (15-16) (116 lbs)
Bout 1: Kai Asakura (15-2) vs. Shoji Maruyama (18-12-1) (134 lbs)