Rizin: Mirko vs. Kohsaka shaping up nicely

Mirko Cro Cop returns to MMA action in the Rizin organization squaring off against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. The Croatian fighter hadn’t been seen in the cage for a year but his return was expected despite rumors of retirement. The event will take place on December 31st at the Super Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Cro Cop … Read more

VIDEO: Mirko Cro Cop training for Rizin

The 2006 Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (31-11-2, 1 NC) is in full training mode for his return to MMA action when he takes part in Rizin Fighting Federation‘s 16-man open-weight grand prix on Sept. 25 in Japan. The 41-year-old Croatian has been given a bye in the first round and … Read more

Video: Tito Ortiz and King Mo confrontation at Bellator Fan Fest

Houston is a large city but not large enough for two Kings apparently. King Mo and former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz had to be separated at Thursday’s Bellator Fan Fest when the two MMA veterans got in each other’s face and exchanged heated words. We’re not quite sure what sparked the confrontation but … Read more

Flashback Friday: Sapp vs. Helwani

We saw super heavyweight fighter and pro wrestler Bob Sapp pick up a rare win at Rizin’s New Year’s Eve show with a decision over Akebono. For this Flashback Friday let’s look back to a strange verbal sparring match he had in 2012 against well-known pro wrestling fan turned MMA media mogul, Ariel Helwani, who may be a lightweight in … Read more

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! 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: 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