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RIZIN CONFESSIONS #26: Ayaka Hamasaki & Kanna Asakura prep for title fight at RIZIN 14

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Ayaka Hamasaki, Megumi Fujii, Kanna Asakura RIZIN CONFESSIONS #26: Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Kanna Asakura, RENA return It has been nearly two weeks since RIZIN CONFESSIONS #25 dropped. That episode was focused entirely on Tenshin vs. Mayweather, the pre-fight of course. We also briefly got a peek behind the curtain at RISE 129, for Tenshin’s last fight ahead of the upcoming Mayweather clash at RIZIN 14. Well, #25 is here. And similarly to the pre-fight focus seen last time around, we will get more of the same here. Except for this time, it will surround...

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‘RIZIN: Yarennoka!’ Press Conference Fighter Quotes

RIZIN: Yarennoka, press conference ‘RIZIN: Yarennoka!’ Press Conference Fighter Quotes Last week it was announced that RIZIN would hold a surprise show on NYE dubbed ‘RIZIN: Heisei’s Last Yarennoka!’ – shortened to ‘RIZIN: Yarennoka!’ for convenience purposes. Well, last night at a press event in Japan, ‘RIZIN Yarennoka!’ received it’s first confirmed bouts. Four fights were announced, and all eight fighters involved provided quotes on their addition to the card. Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Satoru Kitaoka Tatsuya Kawajiri: “If a Japanese fighter were to be asked ‘Yarennoka?’, every single one would respond ‘of course!’ It has been twenty years since I...

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RIZIN: Yarennoka adds first bouts, including Tatsuya Kawajiri headliner

RIZIN: Yarennoka adds first bouts, including Tatsuya Kawajiri headliner Earlier in the week, it was announced that RIZIN would host a surprise NYE show ahead of RIZIN 14. This one dubbed; RIZIN: Heisei’s Last Yarennoka. Well, finally, announcements have begun rolling out courtesy of a press conference late Sunday in Japan. The stellar match-ups were topped by the announcement of a star-studded lightweight main event between Tatsuya Kawajiri and Satoru Kitaoka. Also announced was an unexpected banger at 61kg as Jae Hoon Moon takes on Kai Asakura in what should be an incredible striking showcase. Kana Watanabe will rematch...

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RIZIN 14 Media Day & Open Workouts: Tenshin Nasukawa, Floyd Mayweather Quotes

RIZIN 14 Media Day: Tenshin Nasukawa RIZIN 14 Media Day & Open Workouts: Tenshin Nasukawa, Floyd Mayweather Quotes Yesterday, live from Las Vegas, we saw staff from RIZIN Fighting Federation and Mayweather Promotions come together for a media day extravaganza from the Mayweather Boxing Club in Nevada. This, of course, included the two fighters who will make up the RIZIN 14 main event; Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa. Along with the RIZIN 14 Media Day, we also saw some open workouts and fighter quotes from those involved on December 31. Ahead of their exhibition bout on NYE, both fighters...

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RIZIN announces surprise second show for NYE

RIZIN: Heisei’s Last Yarennoka On Thursday night, RIZIN made a rather large announcement that has seemingly gone completely under the radar amidst all the Floyd Mayweather, Tenshin Nasukawa media day frenzy. RIZIN CEO, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, took to Twitter and said this. 今年最後の冒険をします!RIZIN.14追加大会として『Cygames presents RIZIN 平成最後のやれんのか!』(全席指定、一律5,000円)を大晦日の午前中に急遽開催することにしました。ファンの皆さんのご要望に少しでもお応え出来ればと思います。ぜひ平成最後の大晦日は朝から格闘技三昧で年越ししましょう! pic.twitter.com/cKTt3BCtOO — NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA (@nobu_sakakibara) December 7, 2018 A very rough translation of this is as follows; “We now have an additional fight card to go along with RIZIN 14, as Cygames presents ‘RIZIN: Heisei’s Last Yarennoka’. This event has been decided and it will be held in a hurry on the morning of...

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RIZIN, Mayweather Promotions confirm official ruleset for Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa

Tenshin Nasukawa speaks to Nagoya crowd. © RIZIN FF With RIZIN 14 getting closer, the official ruleset of the night’s main event contest between Floyd Mayweather & Tenshin Nasukawa has been revealed. At a media day, today in Las Vegas at Mayweather Boxing Club, the official rules of the contest were revealed. And they are as follows. As previously announced, Mayweather vs. Tenshin will be an exhibition. No pro record for either fighter will be affected due to a loss. They will fight under straight-up boxing rules. The bout will consist of three rounds, each of three minutes. No...

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RIZIN CONFESSIONS #25: Mayweather vs. Tenshin Announcement, RISE 129

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Floyd Mayweather, RIZIN CONFESSIONS #25 RIZIN CONFESSIONS #25: Mayweather vs. Tenshin Announcement Just over one month after #24, RIZIN CONFESSIONS is back with another episode of their hit docu-series. RIZIN CONFESSIONS #25 focuses on Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14. More so the initial announcement and the days leading up to & following it. We also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Tenshin Nasukawa’s RISE 129 bout last month against Taiki Naito. Per usual, MMASucka has you covered with all the noteworthy moments; timestamps includes. If you have 27 minutes to spare,...

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Inaugural RIZIN FF Bantamweight Champion to be crowned in Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrion Caldwell

Well, it was announced earlier tonight that Ayaka Hamasaki and Kanna Asakura would be facing each other for RIZIN’s inaugural world title. Also announced tonight; Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrion Caldwell. But this blockbuster bantamweight match-up won’t just be a regular fight. It has been announced that this bout will determine the inaugural RIZIN Bantamweight Champion. Bellator Bantamweight Champion, Darrion Caldwell (13-1) heads to Japan on a nice win streak with gold around his waist. He looks to add another shiny belt to his collection when he faces Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2) for the inaugural RIZIN Bantamweight Championship. Horiguchi has won...

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Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrion Caldwell headlines nine RIZIN 14 additions

Kyoji Horiguchi, RENA, Daron Cruickshank (© RIZIN FF) Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrion Caldwell among nine additions to RIZIN 14! Nearly a month has passed since it was announced that Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa would headline RIZIN 14. And finally, after two more fight announcements a few days ago, the rest of the card is starting to take shape with nine more bouts being confirmed. RIZIN mainstays such as Kyoji Horiguchi, Jiri Prochazka, Daron Cruickshank, Yusuke Yachi, and Rena Kubota will be present. As will a few new signees, however. Current Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell and former Bellator title-holder...

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RIZIN announces first ever title fight with Asakura vs. Hamasaki

Kanna Asakura, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, Nobuhiko Takada, Ayaka Hamasaki A few days ago, RIZIN announced that Kanna Asakura would face Ayaka Hamasaki in a stellar atomweight contest at RIZIN 14. This fight was pretty inarguably to determine the best 105-lb woman on the planet. Well now, RIZIN has added even more stakes to the match-up. During a RIZIN 14 press conference late Thursday, it was confirmed that the bout will be for an official world title. [embedded content] The RIZIN Atomweight Championship bout will be the first official world title fight in promotional history. At just 21-years-old, it is wild...

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Golden Boy MMA: Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 – Results

Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 Golden Boy MMA: Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 Well, people doubted this would actually happen, but here we are. Tonight, live from California, Golden Boy Promotions will enter the world of mixed martial arts. In the main event, two former UFC title-holders will meet for the third time as Tito Ortiz faces a returning Chuck Liddell at light heavyweight. The event takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, California, with prelims going live on Fite TV at 8pm ET before the pay-per-view at 9pm ET – also on Fite TV. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz...

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Kanna Asakura vs. Ayaka Hamasaki, Kazuyuki Miyata retirement fight booked for RIZIN 14

(© RIZIN FF) Finally, after weeks of solely the Tenshin vs. Mayweather bout being announced for RIZIN 14, the Japanese-based promotion has began announcing other fights for the should-be-stacked New Years Eve show. In a fight between the two best atomweights in the world, young prospect Kanna Asakura will face former Invicta title-holder Ayaka Hamasaki. And in what will be the final fight of Kazuyuki Miyata’s storied career, he takes on young gun Erson Yamamoto. RIZIN CEO, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, announced the bouts late Wednesday night. 大変長らくお待たせしました!#RIZIN14 追加対戦カード第一弾発表です。初の階級別タイトルマッチをスーパーアトム級初代女王決定戦として浅倉カンナvs浜崎朱加で実施。また引退する宮田和幸選手の対戦相手を山本アーセン選手に決め、「山本“KID”徳郁メモリアルマッチ」としてお届けします。#rizinff pic.twitter.com/x1IxLtiQbg — NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA (@nobu_sakakibara) November 22, 2018 Kanna Asakura vs. Ayaka...

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RISE 129: Tenshin Nasukawa makes it 28-0 with first-round destruction of Taiki Naito

Early this morning, RISE 129 went down in Japan. It was a stellar card, topped by a rematch between Tenshin Nasukawa and Taiki Naito. Back in 2015, a 16-year-old Tenshin stopped an 18-year-old Naito to win the -55kg BLADE FC JAPAN CUP TOURNAMENT. Both had improved drastically since this date, however. So a lot of people were truly expecting a competitive fight, with Tenshin having an obvious advantage. [embedded content] It was not a competitive fight, though. Tenshin came out to destroy Naito, and that’s exactly what he did. About one minute into the round, Tenshin flurried with punches and...

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Nobuyuki Sakakibara, Floyd Mayweather confirm RIZIN 14 bout with Tenshin Nasukawa is on

(© RIZIN FF) It’s been a rollercoaster these past two weeks, but it finally seems as if Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa has been made official. The shocking match-up was announced on November 4 at a press conference in Tokyo, with tickets selling out the next day. On November 7, Floyd Mayweather took to social media to deny the fight was taking place. And then on November 10, after days of silence, RIZIN Fighting Federation issued a statement confirming talks have resumed a more clear announcement was coming soon. No official statement has been made. But both Floyd Mayweather...

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