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RIZIN CONFESSIONS #19: Takanori Gomi, Kanna Asakura, and RENA

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The journey of getting a behind-the-scenes look at RIZIN Fighting Championship continues with another great addition to their documentary series; RIZIN CONFESSIONS #19. This 34-minute episode gives us a peek behind-the-scenes of the amazing RIZIN 11 show, and a closer look at three competitors from that card; Takanori Gomi, Kanna Asakura, and RENA. Main notes below, with timestamps of course. Melvin Guillard misses weight, Gomi reacts (0:00 – 2:05) Takanori Gomi speaks with Japanese legend Rumina Sato (0:44 – 1:15) Gomi vs. Guillard, RIZIN 11 (2:10 – 9:02) Gomi talks injuring knee of...

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ROAD FC 049: In Paradise Results – Tatsuya Mizuno, Kazuyuki Fujita earn finishes

Kazuyuki Fujita locks Justin Morton in a fight ending North/South Choke. (Photo via ROAD Fighting Championship) On August 18, 2018, ROAD FC 049 went down in Seoul, South Korea’s Grand Walkerhill Resort. The show was a fast and furious event, with five of six fights ending in a finish – four of which in the first round. ROAD FC 049: In Paradise Results – Mizuno finishes returning former champ Eun Soo Lee Tatsuya Mizuno controls returning former champion Eun Soo Lee from top position. (Photo via ROAD Fighting Championship) Former ROAD FC title-holder at 185lbs, Eun Soo Lee made...

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ROAD FC 049: In Paradise – Weigh-In Results

Eun Soo Lee, Tatsuya Mizuno face-off at ROAD FC 049 weigh-in. ROAD Fighting Championship returns on August 18, 2018. The show – ROAD FC 049: In Paradise – takes place at the beautiful Vista Walkerhill Resort in Seoul, South Korea. The main event is a middleweight match-up between former champion Eun Soo Lee and Tatsuya Mizuno. With six fights total, all twelve fighters have made weight and are a go. ROAD FC 049: In Paradise – Weigh-In Results Former ROAD FC Middleweight Champion, Eun Soo Lee finally makes his long-awaited return to the cage after two years away due...

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ONE: Conquest of Heroes begins to take shape with strawweight title fight and the debut of Yuya Wakamatsu

On September 22, the Jakarta Convention Center will once again play host to another spectacular ONE card. Yoshitaka Naito of Japan will defend his strawweight title against Joshua Pacio of the Philippines in the main event of ONE: Conquest Of Heroes. Yoshitaka Naito vs. Joshua Pacio II Reigning, defending ONE Strawweight Champion, Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito is one of the most successful martial artists currently fighting out of Japan. In just four short years after debuting in 2012, Naito began to conquer the notoriously competitive Japanese martial arts scene, capturing the Shooto Strawweight Championship. Since making his ONE Championship debut...

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RIZIN looking to increase number of events, possibly in 2019

The Dolphins Arena prior to RIZIN 12. © RIZIN FF In news that is sure to make fans of the always entertaining RIZIN Fighting Federation happy, the Japanese juggernaut will reportedly quadruple the number of events they hold yearly very soon. CEO of RIZIN, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, spoke to Yahoo! Japan about his future plans. “I think that we should be able to do three types of RIZIN shows. The big shows, the medium-sized shows, and the smaller-sized shows. The big, blockbuster shows and the medium-sized shows would be about four times per year each. I think small shows would...

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Ōsunaarashi meets Bob Sapp in debut at RIZIN 13

Osunaarashi addresses crowd at RIZIN 11. © RIZIN FF Three weeks ago it was announced that sumo star Ōsunaarashi would make his MMA debut at RIZIN 13 next month. Well, today we finally got confirmation as to who “The Great Sandstorm” would be facing. He draws a very, very infamous name in his debut. 私のわがままを受け止めてくれた榊原社長に感謝します。曙関に届くような試合をします。私は自分が原因で相撲界から去りました。全てを失いました。だから曙関から頂いた言葉は本当に涙が出るくらいありがたかったです。その言葉を大切にしてリングにあがります。私は必ず勝ちます#MMA #大砂嵐 #RIZIN pic.twitter.com/roLLLZOlBv — Oosunaarashi 大砂嵐 (@Oosunaarashi) August 15, 2018 Ōsunaarashi Kintaro (0-0) is a retired Egyptian sumo wrestler. With multiple championships and gold stars to his name, Ōsunaarashi retired in March of 2018. He reached the rank of Maegashira 1 in 2015 and was essentially...

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Five Stars of RIZIN 12

Luiz Gustavo knocks out Yusuke Yachi. © RIZIN FF Following the absolutely phenomenal RIZIN 11 show just two weeks ago, it didn’t seem likely that RIZIN 12 would be on-par. Well, they somehow did it again. Another home run show from RIZIN fighting Federation, as they definitely brought the violence to Nagoya with RIZIN 12. We saw some great back-and-forth action, wild knockouts, and hard-fought submission wins. The show featured a little bit of everything. Five Stars of RIZIN 12 How do you pick five stars from this action-packed twelve-fight card? I really don’t know, but we’re going to...

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RIZIN 12 Recap: Hard-fought submissions, big knockouts, and another quality RIZIN event

Luiz Gustavo and Yusuke Yachi mid-fight. © RIZIN FF RIZIN 12 just concluded live from Nagoya, and they’ve delivered yet again. It was a twelve fight card, made up of five kickboxing bouts and seven mixed martial arts bouts. What we saw was a night that featured not one lackluster fight, some wild finishes, and a crazy main event. Similar to what was done for RIZIN 11, let’s do a full recap of the card – from top to bottom. Luiz Gustavo vs. Yusuke Yachi Luiz Gustavo floors Yusuke Yachi with a right-uppercut. © RIZIN FF The main event...

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RIZIN 12 Results + Livestream

RIZIN 12 Results + Livestream Two weeks after the incredible RIZIN 11 show, RIZIN Fighting Federation is back with RIZIN 12. Making their second appearance in Nagoya, RIZIN takes over the Dolphins Arena tonight with a stellar 12-fight card featuring some of Japan’s finest – including some Nagoya natives. The greatest lightweight in Japan right now, Yusuke Yachi returns to the ring to face Wanderlei Silva protege Luiz Gustavo in the night’s main event. Also on the card, bad blood will boil over as Yuki Motoya and Kazuma Sone do battle. We will also see one of the best...

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RIZIN 12 Media Day Quotes

Yusuke Yachi attends RIZIN media day. © RIZIN FF Two weeks after a highly successful RIZIN 11 that saw over 17,000 fill the Saitama Super Arena, RIZIN Fighting Federation is back with a fun RIZIN 12 fight card live from Nagoya. They make their Dolphins Arena debut in what will be their second show in Nagoya. The card consists of 12 highly-intriguing match-ups, this includes seven MMA bouts and five kickboxing fights. The five kickboxing bouts will be the most RIZIN has ever had on a single event, and they all feature young Japanese talent. In the main event,...

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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defends WBC title against Iran Diaz at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES

Photo via ONE Championship Reigning The Ring and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand will defend his title against challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz of Mexico. This will be the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on October 6, live from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “World championship boxing has always been on the radar for ONE Championship, ever since we introduced the ONE Super Series. In Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, we have the perfect athlete to introduce the sport of boxing to the largest martial...

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RIZIN CONFESSIONS #18: KRAZY BEE, Yusuke Yachi, and KING Reina

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RIZIN Fighting Federation continues their fantastic documentary series with RIZIN CONFESSIONS #18. The main points touched on in this 24-minute episode are the rise and struggles of KRAZY BEE gym, the current lightweight ace Yusuke Yachi, and the young, vibrant female star known as KING Reina. Main notes below, with timestamps. The rise, fall, and rise again of KRAZY BEE Tokyo (1:00 – 5:05) Kyoji Horiguchi tells KID he is leaving KRAZY BEE in 2015 (4:15 – 4:35) From skinny 8th-grader to elite lightweight, the rise of Yusuke Yachi (5:10 – 10:15) KING...

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Five Must Watch Fights of RIZIN 12

© RIZIN FF If it feels like we just exited RIZIN fight week, that is because we literally did. But, thanks to RIZIN 12, we’re right back at it. RIZIN Fighting Federation takes over the Dolphins Arena in Nagoya, Japan this weekend. The card they bring with them is a fun card that should produce some bangers. But, at least on paper, it is not anywhere near as loaded as the previous RIZIN 11 card. Back in Saitama, we saw some truly fantastic showings from some of the sport’s finest in what wound up being one of the best...

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Mamed Khalidov vacates title, middleweight tournament to crown new champ begins at KSW 45

Photo via KSW Joining the previously announced heavyweight title fight, KSW has confirmed multiple new big match-ups for the upcoming KSW 45 show. This fight card is already awesome! #KSW45🇬🇧 👑 @phildefriesmma 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 vs 🇵🇱 Karol Bedorf👑 @dricusduplessis 🇿🇦 vs 🇭🇷 @Soldic_MMAMichał Materla 🇵🇱 vs 🇵🇱 @d_janikowskiMarcin Wójcik 🇵🇱 vs 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 @scottaskham1 pic.twitter.com/ePtmIVT6aD — KSW (@KSW_MMA) July 30, 2018 Dricus Du Plessis vs. Roberto Soldic II In a welterweight title rematch, South African finishing-machine Dricus “Stillknocks” Du Plessis will look to shock the world by finishing former champion Roberto “Robocop” Soldic yet again. 24-year-old Du Plessis (12-1) is a...

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MMASucka’s Fight of the Month for July 2018: John Makdessi and Ross Pearson go to war in Calgary

Typically when it comes to fight of the month, there is always one – maybe two – obvious standouts at the end of-of each month. Last month it was Aung La Nsang vs. Ken Hasegawa, in May it was Angela Lee vs. Mei Yamaguchi, in April it was Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje. You get the picture. This wasn’t the case for July, however. Looking at the month as a whole, there was really no legitimate standouts as far as purely a fight is concerned. That’s not to say July lacked action, though. As typically even though there is...

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A returning Kaito amongst two new kickboxing additions to RIZIN 12

© RIZIN FF Ahead of their return next weekend, RIZIN Fighting Federation has announced two new additions for the upcoming RIZIN 12 show in Nagoya. RIZIN announced early Saturday morning that two new kickboxing match-ups will be joining the card. One of which will feature the return of recent promotional debutant Kaito. Yahoo!ニュース【RIZIN】KO勝ちしたSBエース・海人が連続参戦(イーファイト)https://t.co/cVeVNtugZv@0k8a2i1to @OgawashouOgawa #RIZINFF #RIZIN2018 #RIZIN12 — RIZIN FF OFFICIAL (@rizin_PR) August 4, 2018 Kaito vs. Sho Ogawa At just 20-years-old, Kaito is a kickboxing ace fighting out of TEAM FOD. To many he is known as “The Prince of Shoot Boxing,” and seriously appears to be quite a...

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MMASucka’s Knockout of the Month for July 2018: Daniel Cormier becomes double champ with a shocking first-round KO

July 2018 was loaded with knockout victories. From headkicks and elbows to liver shots and one-punch knockouts in back-and-forth wars. July produced some killer moments. From RIZIN and ONE Championship to the UFC and Bellator, all the way to RFC and Katana Fight. There was a tremendous amount of action throughout the month. With that being said, it seems impossible to not recognize what the UFC’s latest champ-champ was able to do in July. Before continuing, check out the Knockout of the Month for June 2018. Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic Legitimate superfights are somewhat of a rarity of...

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Yusuke Yachi draws “Killer” Gustavo for RIZIN 12 main event

As reported a few weeks back, Bruno Carvalho has suffered an injury and will no longer fight Yusuke Yachi in the RIZIN 12 main event in two weeks time. Finally, we have received news of who will be replacing him. 8月12日ドルフィンズアリーナで開催する『RWEDDINGS presents #RIZIN12』に出場予定だったブルーノ・カルバーリョ選手に代わり、矢地祐介 選手(@usk_yachi )の対戦相手がルイス・グスタボ 選手に変更となります。 大会概要・チケット情報は ➡️ https://t.co/afFi6CCuJx #RIZINFF #RIZIN2018 pic.twitter.com/P0dZHxoPI3 — RIZIN FF OFFICIAL (@rizin_PR) August 2, 2018 A longtime representative of the famed KRAZY BEE gym, Yusuke Yachi (20-6) has seriously began making a name for himself in the world of MMA. He has won six-straight with four finishes. The current run includes wins over Daron...

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MMASucka’s Submission of the Month for July 2018: Ariel Sexton taps Shimoishi with a beautiful double submission

Simply put, July 2018 was a loaded month in combat sports. Every other day it seemed like we saw a contender for submission of the month. The month started out in Japan with Shooto and Pancrase, and over the course of the month, we saw contenders everywhere from Canada to Indonesia. From the UFC and Bellator to ICE FC and 864 FC, we saw incredible stuff throughout multiple organizations in July. A few stand out from the others, however. And at the top of that list is Canada’s, Ariel Sexton. Before you continue, check out the Submission of the...

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Five Stars of RIZIN 11

© RIZIN FF After a few months away, RIZIN Fighting Federation returned over the weekend and somehow blew everyone’s expectations away with RIZIN 11. As mentioned countless times, the event is – without question – one of the best we’ve seen in 2018 so far. We saw tremendous fights, insane finishes, and everything in between as RIZIN once again took over the Saitama Super Arena. From highly-anticipated rematches to sensational last-minute performances, RIZIN 11 truly had a little bit of everything. Five Stars of RIZIN 11 It’s hard to pick five standout performances when on this ten-fight card, nine...

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