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Kyoji Horiguchi likely to make Bellator debut at Madison Square Garden

(© RIZIN FF) Kyoji Horiguchi likely to make Bellator debut at Madison Square Garden Yep! After securing another first-round finish just moments ago at RIZIN 15, Kyoji Horiguchi had a brief conversation with RIZIN boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara inside the ring post-fight. The topic of discussion was his inevitable shot at Bellator gold after defeating their champion on NYE to become the first ever RIZIN Bantamweight Champion. We knew the rematch was happening, but we didn’t know any other details. That all changed tonight. Though not exactly “official,” it seems as though a fight between Horiguchi and Bellator champion Darrion...

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RIZIN 15 – Results

RIZIN 15 – Results The combat sports spectacle is back tonight, as arguably the most exciting MMA promotion in the world returns with a stacked RIZIN 15 fight card. Live from the Yokohama Arena, RIZIN Fighting Federation will be bringing out the big guns tonight. And all fighters are on weight and ready for war! Topped by a light heavyweight title bout, RIZIN 15 features some of the best fighters on the planet competing inside the world-famous RIZIN ring. From UFC veterans and former Strikeforce champions to kickboxing world champions and Japanese legends, there is something for everyone here....

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Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan – Results

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 19: Terence Crawford faces off against Amir Khan of the United Kingdom during the weigh-in for their welterweights fight against at Madison Square Garden on April 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan – Results Tonight, live from the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City, a welterweight boxing showdown will go down to determine a WBO champion. Terence Crawford will put his WBO World Welterweight Championship on the line when he faces the veteran Amir Khan. “Bud” looks to bring his...

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RIZIN 15 Retrospective: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Jiří Procházka 1

RIZIN 15 Retrospective: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Jiří Procházka 1 Tonight, live from Yokohama, RIZIN Fighting Federation will return with a stacked RIZIN 15 fight card. In the main event, Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Jiří Procházka will face-off in a bout that will determine the first-ever RIZIN Light Heavyweight Champion. For those who don’t know, this fight will be a rematch of a 2015 meeting between the two in what was the RIZIN World Grand-Prix 2015 semi-finals. Before they throw down once again later on tonight, let’s take a look at their first meeting....

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RIZIN 15 Weigh-In Results

(© RIZIN FF) RIZIN 15 Weigh-In Results RIZIN 15 is slated to go tonight early into Sunday morning, and the weigh-ins for this loaded card went down this morning, 24 hours before the fighters take center stage in Yokohama. Every fighter made weight, including both participants in the light heavyweight championship headliner. Check out the weigh-in results below + quotes from all fighters involved in the show. King Mo (95.15kg) vs. Jiri Prochazka (93kg) King Mo: “I’m going to do what I do, and the result will be the same as the last time we fought. RIZIN is a...

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K-1 Krush Fight 100 – Results

K-1 Krush Fight 100 – Results As the first show as part of the K-1/Krush merger, K-1 Krush Fight 100 went down this morning live from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In a card filled with thrilling match-ups, the main event featured a bantamweight title fight. A training partner of Takeru, Koki looked to defend his strap against a more experienced Junya Weerasakreck. The card also featured a welterweight tournament semi-final match-up between Keita Makihira and Riki Matsuoka. Check out the full results of the card below! MAIN CARD Bantamweight Championship: (-53KG)Koki def. Junya Weerasakreck via Unanimous Decision Welterweight...

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RIZIN 15 bout order announced, Kanako Murata replaces Shinju on short-notice

(© RIZIN FF) RIZIN 15 bout order announced, Kanako Murata replaces Shinju on short-notice Just days out from their loaded RIZIN 15 in Yokohama card, RIZIN Fighting Federation has announced the bout order. Plus a last-minute change to the card. Live on a television program in Japan, RIZIN boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara revealed the finalized card and bout order. [embedded content] In the main event, Jiri Prochazka fights Bellator MMA’s Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal for the second time. This time, the inaugural RIZIN Light Heavyweight Championship is on the line, to add fuel to Jiri’s fire. As if revenge wasn’t enough....

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Justin Scoggins injured, out of RIZIN 15 bout

(© RIZIN FF) Justin Scoggins injured, out of RIZIN 15 bout Though still a spectacular card, one of the most intriguing bouts slated for RIZIN 15 this Sunday has been scrapped. MMASucka has confirmed with sources that Justin Scoggins has suffered a knee injury and will no longer be able to compete. According to a statement, the injury is a relatively serious one, dealing with ligament and meniscus tears in the knee. In a statement to RIZIN Fighting Federation officials post-announcement, Scoggins had this to say. “I would like to apologize to RIZIN, the fans, and Kai Asakura for...

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Pancrase 304 – Results

Pancrase 304 – Results Pancrase takes over the Studio Coast in Tokyo, Japan once again with yet another loaded fight card. Pancrase 304 is topped by an absolutely fantastic match-up as Takasuke Kume looks to defend his lightweight championship against the heavy-handed Brazilian bomber Tom Santos. Though he is coming off a loss to Anton Kuivanen last year in a non-title bout, the champion Kume was previously riding a five-fight win streak. This includes the title win and one title defense. It was against Kazuki Tokudome that he both won and defended the Pancrase Lightweight Championship. He won both...

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Manny Pacquiao inks deal with RIZIN Fighting Federation

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Adrien Broner by unanimous decision during the WBA welterweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Manny Pacquiao inks deal with RIZIN Fighting Federation Do not listen to many of the combat sports websites out there claiming that boxing great Manny Pacquiao has inked some sort of deal with RIZIN Fighting Federation as a competitor, because that is simply not the case. I’m here in the Philippines. RIZIN.15 will have this man involved in a way....

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Tenshin Nasukawa and TAIGA get kickboxing fights at RIZIN 15 

(© RISE/KAMINARIMON) Tenshin Nasukawa and TAIGA get kickboxing fights at RIZIN 15  Two fan-favourite Japanese fighters will compete in separate kickboxing bouts at RIZIN 15 to finalize 13-fight card. Following an unreal knockout in the -58kg RISE World Series 2019 quarter-finals, the phenomenal Tenshin Nasukawa will take a bout in RIZIN before his semi-final RISE bout later this Summer. On April 21, Tenshin will face a Filipino WBC Muay Thai National Champion in the form of Fritz Biagtan. After dropping a tight split decision to Seksan Orkwanmuang in the -61kg RISE World Series 2019 quarter-finals, TAIGA returns to RIZIN...

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RENA re-booked vs. Samantha Jean-Francois at RIZIN 15

Rena Kubota walks to the ring ahead of her rematch with Kanna Asakura. (© RIZIN FF) RENA re-booked vs. Samantha Jean-Francois at RIZIN 15 Following the most recent batch of announcements, it has been confirmed that Shoot Boxing star Rena Kubota will be joining the RIZIN 15 fight-card. Her opponent; Samantha Jean-Francois of Marseille, France. The two were set to face-off at RIZIN 14 on December 31 of last year, but a last-minute weight-cutting mishap forced RENA to pull from the contest. Since then, Jean-Francois has been respectfully calling for the fight to be re-booked, and she will get...

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Bare Knuckle FC 5: Lobov vs. Knight – Results

Bare Knuckle FC 5 – Results BKFC returns to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi with a stacked Bare Knuckle FC 5 card. An event riddled with combat sports veterans, the main event features Conor McGregor training partner Artem Lobov as he takes on fellow UFC veteran Jason Knight. With a win, Lobov will face new BKFC signing and former boxing world champion; Paulie Malignaggi. Lobov, though often joked about, is an undeniably talented stand-up fighter when it comes to mixed martial arts. Competitive contests with the likes of Cub Swanson, Michael Johnson prove this. Knight is incredible...

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BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It All – Results

BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It All – Results Backed by a veteran of the backyard fight scene, and one-time Bellator MMA fighter, DADA 5000 brings his vision to life tonight with BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It All. [embedded content] The show, which will take place in the infamous triangular cage, officially dubbed ‘The Trigon’, will feature ten bareknuckle fights and two professional MMA bouts, live from Cheyenne, Wyoming. The twelve-fight card will feature fighters from different states as well as two Canadians in the form of Desmond Johnson and Jake Young. The Virgin Islands and the Dominican...

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Justin Scoggins replaces an injured Ulka Sasaki at RIZIN 15 + three new bout additions

(© RIZIN FF) Justin Scoggins replaces an injured Ulka Sasaki at RIZIN 15 + three new bout additions In one of the most highly-anticipated bouts on the RIZIN 15 fight card, former UFC standout Ulka Sasaki was set to take on rising star Kai Asakura. Unfortunately, a visceral infection has caused Sasaki to pull out of the contest. In his place steps another UFC veteran, flashy striker Justin “Tank” Scoggins. The news was confirmed on Wednesday morning. Also added to the card was two pivotal women’s flyweight bouts, and the return of the heavy-hitting Swede; Karl Albrektsson. Kai Asakura...

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BKB 16 – Results

BKB 16 – Results On Saturday, March 30, live from the O2 Arena in London, England, BKB 16 goes down live on iPPV courtesy of FITE TV. The England-based bareknuckle boxing promotion brings yet another fun show to the world famous arena. This time, the event is topped by a highly-anticipated debut featuring an English legend in the form of Brad “One Punch” Pickett. The UFC, WEC veteran returns to combat sports two years after retiring from mixed martial arts. Though this time instead of fighting in the UFC, he heads to the BKB ring in his backyard to do...

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Krush 99 – Results

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Krush 99 – Results In what will be the last event from Krush as a standalone brand, they head Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan tonight for Krush 99. After this Krush 99 fight card, Krush will be re-branded as ‘K-1 KRUSH FIGHTS’ and essentially become a B-Tier show for K-1 Japan. Krush 99 will be a celebration of sorts for what was ten fantastic years of Krush as a kickboxing promotion. features numerous exciting contests, including a super featherweight title fight as Kotaro Shimano looks to defend his title against Yuma Sakiyo. Check...

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Shooto 30th Anniversary Tour Round 2 – Results

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Shooto 30th Anniversary Tour Round 2 – Results The anniversary tour celebration continues as Shooto Japan heads to New Pier Hall in Tokyo, Japan with a huge fight-card riddled with exciting Japanese prospects and veterans alike. Some of the names in action include RIZIN veteran Yusaku Nakamura, X-1 bantamweight champion Rodney “Hot Rod” Mondala, Tatsuya Ando, Satoshi Inaba, Kazuma Kuramoto, and more. Supported by ONE Championship, the event will broadcast via internet stream. Stay tuned to the Shooto YouTube page for more on that. Check out the full card below, updated with results...

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RISE 131 – Results

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RISE 131 – Results Just two weeks after their fantastic RISE World Series 2019: 1st Round show, RISE takes over Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan with a solid RISE 131 fight card. The show features the RISE Queen Atomweight Tournament semi-finals featuring sister of Tenshin, Riri Nasukawa, as well as Momoka, Momi, and Koto Hiraoka. Also featured will be RIZIN alumni Jin Mandokoro and “Real Goku” Takiya Shota. The card is rounded out with much more solid Japanese kickboxing talent, including Team Teppen’s Kazane. Check out the full card below, updated with results...

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Kiichi Kunimoto signs with Bellator MMA

Kiichi Kunimoto – © RIZIN FF Kiichi Kunimoto signs with Bellator MMA Bellator MMA bolsters their welterweight roster with the addition on a big-time Japanese veteran in the form of “Strasser” Kiichi Kunimoto. He joins a stacked welterweight division featuring Rory MacDonald, Jon Fitch, Douglas Lima, Andrey Koreshkov, Michael Page, Paul Daley, Neiman Gracie, Ed Ruth, Lorenz Larkin, and so many more. Kiichi Kunimoto (20-7-2, 1NC) is a former Pancrase title-challenger and HEAT Welterweight Champion who has since gone on to compete in the UFC and RIZIN. Shortly after winning the aforementioned HEAT title, Kunimoto signed with the UFC...

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