Kai Asakura Out of RIZIN 36 Main Event

RIZIN’s return to the Okinawa Arena in Okinawa, Japan later this week has suffered a loss. Former bantamweight champion Kai Asakura has been removed from his headlining bout this Saturday against Yang Ji-yong, per an announcement made by the promotion Thursday. The fight was scheduled to headline RIZIN 36 on July 2nd. Yang will remain … Continue reading Kai Asakura Out of RIZIN 36 Main Event

RIZIN TRIGGER 1st Live Coverage

RIZIN will debut their new spin-off series Sunday, presenting "TRIGGER" from the Kobe World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan. The new series, which aims to be RIZIN's second-highest brand next to their numbered shows, will also be the promotion's only use of a cage format for fighting. The main event of Sunday's show sees veteran … Continue reading RIZIN TRIGGER 1st Live Coverage

Shoji vs. Kyohei Hagiwara To Headline First ‘RIZIN TRIGGER’ Event

Japanese MMA promotion RIZIN unveiled 13 fights Wednesday for the upcoming debut of their "TRIGGER" series. The card will be headlined by veteran Shoji, who will take on Kyohei Hagiwara under MMA rules. The main event fight will take place at the Kobe World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan. The new RIZIN "TRIGGER" series will … Continue reading Shoji vs. Kyohei Hagiwara To Headline First ‘RIZIN TRIGGER’ Event

RIZIN 30 Live Coverage

Japanese MMA promotion RIZIN will narrow their bantamweight tournament down to four men on Sunday night, holding the quarter-final bouts of a grand prix at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The four bouts headline RIZIN 30, which includes other big names in the promotion like RIZIN Super Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki, former UFC … Continue reading RIZIN 30 Live Coverage

Yoshinori Horie vs. Ulka Sasaki Leads Five-Fight Pack of New Bouts For RIZIN 30

RIZIN announced five new matchups for their September 19th card on Wednesday, revealing a diverse lineup for the event. The new fights on the card include RIZIN debuts, an MMA debut, and interesting matchups in MMA and kickboxing. The new bouts join a card that is expected to take place at the Saitama Super Arena … Continue reading Yoshinori Horie vs. Ulka Sasaki Leads Five-Fight Pack of New Bouts For RIZIN 30

Yuki Motoya Knocks Down, Chokes Out Shoji Maruyama At DEEP Impact Anniversary Card

Yuki Motoya made quick work of Shoji Maruyama in the main event of DEEP 100 Impact, submitting the veteran with a rear naked choke late in the first round of their fight. The matchup headlined the 20th-anniversary event for DEEP Impact at the TDC Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The quick performance from Motoya allowed him … Continue reading Yuki Motoya Knocks Down, Chokes Out Shoji Maruyama At DEEP Impact Anniversary Card

Daichi Abe To Defend Interim Belt Against Let’s Gota At DEEP 100 Impact

DEEP Impact confirmed the full lineup for their 20th-anniversary card on Thursday. The February 21st event includes a championship fight along with numerous big names in Japanese MMA. Former DEEP Bantamweight Champion and RIZIN alum Yuki Motoya will fight in the main event of the card against Shoji Maruyama. Motoya is returning after having a … Continue reading Daichi Abe To Defend Interim Belt Against Let’s Gota At DEEP 100 Impact

DEEP Impact Announces Six Bouts For 20th Anniversary Show

Regional Japanese MMA promotion DEEP Impact has announced six fights to take place on their 20th-anniversary card, which is scheduled for February 21st. The show, DEEP 100 Impact, will take place at the TDC Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The promotion announced bouts for the card earlier in the week. Veteran Satoru Kitaoka is currently scheduled … Continue reading DEEP Impact Announces Six Bouts For 20th Anniversary Show