Watch Gokhan Saki merk Henrique da Silva at #UFCJapan

Gokhan Saki just got me excited for the light heavyweight division again. He showed good takedown defense, landed plenty of bombs, and showed heart in his UFC debut performance against Henrique da Silva Friday in Saitama, Japan. Basically a god in kickboxing circles, this was only Saki’s second MMA fight and he was up against a tough Brazilian “Frankenstein” knockout artist. Da Silva deserves credit for taking some of Saki’s best shots, he also tied up Saki a few times and this began to wear on the 33-year-old man known as “The Turkish Tyson”. Saki began to slow and get a little sloppy, but his heart pulled him through after eating a series of clinch knees and elbows from da Silva. Saki rallied with a left hook to close the show.

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Daron Cruickshank ready to put on a show at RIZIN 5

“The Detroit Superstar” Daron Cruickshank (18-9, 1 NC) is preparing for his fourth fight for Rizin Fighting Federation when he faces former PXC and Shooto champion Yasuke Yachi (16-6) at RIZIN 5 on April 16 in Yokohama, Japan. The former UFC standout and 2nd degree Taekwondo black belt is known for his dynamic striking and … Read more

Several new high profile bouts added to RIZIN 5

RIZIN 5 will take place on Sunday, April 16, from Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. The main event will feature a matchup between Kyoji Horiguchi (18-2) and Yuki Motoya (18-4) to determine the top Japanese flyweight. Seven other bouts have also recently been announced for the card. Anthony Birchak (13-3) and Tatsuya Kawajiri (35-11-2) will face-off in featherweight … Read more

WATCH! Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jaideep Singh staredown at RIZIN

Fedor Emelianenko will fight for the first time in over three years when he faces Jaideep Singh at RIZIN on New Year’s Eve. Jaideep has only had a couple of MMA fights but is a very experienced and successful kickboxer. Fedor will certainly have the advantage on the ground, but standing, it may not be … Read more

Watch Bob Sapp and Akebono scuffle at RIZIN weigh ins

It was freakshow central at the RIZIN weigh-ins in Saitama, Japan on Wednesday as Bob Sapp and Akebono Taro put on a little pre-fight scuffle show for the Japanese fans. The two first fought in K-1 back in 2003 and Sapp knocked Akebono out. Since then, both guys have had what can only be described as … Read more

RIZIN: King Mo vs. Brett McDermott (full fight video)

King Mo advanced in the RIZIN Heavyweight Tournament Tuesday in Japan with a knockout win over former rugby player Brett McDermott 9:20 into the 10-minute battle. Mo used his wrestling and ground-and-pound to wear the Englishman down, then finished him off with big punches on the feet. Mo moves on to the semifinals, and possibly … Read more

Fedor Emelianenko’s opponent to be announced today via live stream

Oh shit. The Last Emperor is back and who is he going to fight? Bobby Lashley? Tim Sylvia? Minowaman? Does it really matter? We know what’s up. But it’s Fedor Emelianenko in Japan on New Year’s Eve and what the hell else are you gonna do? You pop off a few fireworks, drink some champagne, … Read more

Rizin announces four new bouts for New Year’s Eve card in Saitama

Rizin Fighting Federation has announced four additional bouts for their New Year’s Eve World Grand Prix 2015 card scheduled for Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Dec. 29th (Tuesday) and 31st (Thursday). The main attraction on Rizin’s debut card will be the return of Pride legend Fedor Emelianenko who will compete against an opponent still … Read more