RIZIN Fighting Federation review – December 29 and 31, 2015 

2015 was a big year for Japanese MMA. Pancrase inked a deal with UFC Fight Pass, broadcasting their Tokyo shows live to the world. And, Rizin Fighting Federation (Rizin FF) rose out of the ashes of the Pride legacy, with Nobuhiko Takada and Nobuyuki Sakakibara at the helm. The first show was a 3-day event featuring two full … Read more

RIZIN Report: King Mo really is the king! Fedor is back?

King Mo! Woah. The self-proclaimed “money weight” fighter entered the RIZIN FF Heavyweight Grand Prix against very large men with giant muscles, including the 6-foot 4-inch Jiri Prochazka who Mo knocked out in the finals with a vicious right hook that sent the Czech fighter face-first to the canvas. Take a look. 1st Round K.O on … Read more

RIZIN: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jaideep Singh (full fight video)

The Last Emperor made his long awaited return to the ring on New Year’s Eve in Saitama, Japan. Fedor Emelianenko fought Jaideep Singh on day 2 of RIZIN‘s two-day event and used his famous ground-and-pound to stop the 28-year-old Indian kickboxer. On the feet, Jaideep had a much better chance but once Fedor took him … 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: Shinya Aoki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (full fight video)

I once asked Shinya Aoki if he was a fan of country music. He is not. He also corrected me on how I pronounced his last name. “It’s I-oki,” he said. Got it. The 32-year-old Asian submission sensation handed 46-year-old Pride legend Kazushi Sakuraba his fifth straight loss on Tuesday in the RIZIN (day 1) … 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

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