Notable RIZIN names Yusuke Yachi and Tsuyoshi Sudario were among the 14 names announced for RIZIN 39 on Wednesday.
The new matchups are joining a card that is scheduled to take place on October 23rd at the Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall A in Fukuoka, Japan.
Yachi will have a tough challenge in his attempt to snap a losing streak. He is being paired up against South African lightweight talent Boyd Allen, who will be fighting in the promotion for the first time.
Allen has a pro record that includes 16 wins through 21 appearances. He has fought numerous times in notable regional promotion EFC since 2012.
Along with his MMA career, Allen has kept active as a pro boxer. He picked up his sixth win in the sport in March, beating Linda Ntshingila via decision.
Yachi will be fighting two snap a three-fight skid. His last defeat came against the returning Luiz Gustavo, who stopped him in the second round of a bout in April.
Yachi’s prior defeat came in a title fight late last year against Roberto Satoshi Souza.
Sudario To Face Undefeated Csukas
Heavyweight talent Sudario has been paired up against Janos Csukas.
Sudario, a former sumo wrestler turned MMA fighter, currently holds a record of five wins and one loss. He scored his biggest pro win yet in July, stopping veteran Hideki Sekine in just 53 seconds with srtrikes.
Cuskas has been a quick finisher as a pro since he debuted in 2019. All seven of his pro wins have seen him stop his opponent in the first round. His last fight was a second-minute finish in June.
The additions announced this week move the RIZIN 39 lineup up to 12 fights in total.
The card also now includes a kickboxing fight between Genji Umeno and Trent Girdham. Both fighters will be looking for their first RIZIN win, and the bout will be Girdham’s first appearance in the promotion in more than two years.
Prospect Sho Patrick Usami will make his RIZIN debut on the card against veteran Shinji Sasaki.
Pancrase talent Hirotaka Nakada will return to the promotion to face experienced talent Takahiro Ashida.
A featherweight title fight between Juntaro Ushiku and Kleber Koike is currently scheduled to headline RIZIN 39 later this month. Here’s how the card looks now:
Bout 12: Juntaro Ushiku (22-8-1) vs. Kleber Koike (30-5-1) (RIZIN Featherweight Championship) (146 lbs)
Bout 11: Koji Takeda (14-3) vs. Zach Zane (15-13) (157 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 10: Motonobu Tezuka (34-14-6) vs. Mehman Mamedov (5-5) (134 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 9: Vugar Karamov (17-4) vs. Yoshiki Nakahara (16-5) (146 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 8: Daichi Abe (11-5) vs. Yukinari Tamura (16-13-9) (170 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 7: Genji Umeno vs. Trent Girdham (134 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 6: Tsuyoshi Sudario (5-1) vs. Janos Csukas (7-0) (265 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 5: Yusuke Yachi (23-13) vs. Boyd Allen (16-4-1) (157 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Takahiro Ashida (25-12-2) vs. Hirotaka Nakada (5-3) (146 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 3: Shinji Sasaki (20-12-3) vs. Sho Patrick Usami (4-1) (165 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Shogo Kuriaki vs. Kakeru (127 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 1: REITO BRAVELY vs. Koichiro Seki (139 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)