Japanese MMA promotion RIZIN announced a change to the location and date of their upcoming RIZIN 27 card on Thursday. The event will be moved from the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, to the Nagoya Civic General Gymnasium in Nagoya, as revealed at a press conference.
The event will also be bumped ahead a week, now being held on March 21st instead of the 14th.
The announcement puts RIZIN’s Tokyo Dome debut on the backburner for the time being. The event was set to be a milestone for the promotion, appearing in a 55,000 capacity venue that has held Pride FC and K-1 Kickboxing events in the past.
The change of location comes after news that Greater Tokyo’s state of emergency due to COVID-19 will be extended into March. Part of the restrictions for the area means events could hold a capacity of 5,000 or 50 percent of a venue, with the choice automatically being whichever figure would be smaller.
The state of emergency was put in place in early January and was set to expire on February 7th prior to its extension.
RIZIN CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara stressed during the conference that RIZIN still plans on heading to Tokyo Dome at some point in the future.
Sakakibara also mentioned that the promotion plans on unveiling more details about RIZIN 27 in the coming weeks.