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
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
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
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 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
Pancrase 271 is coming up on Nov. 1 at Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The event will stream live in the U.S. (Oct. 31) on UFC Fight Pass and commentating that event will be none other than our old friend Dan “The Wolfman” Theodore. Dan was on Pancrase Radio this week to break down … Read more
Former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will take on a largely unknown fighter at the UFC Fight Night 52 event that will take place early Saturday morning in Japan. She’ll be facing the undefeated Rin Nakai (16-0-1) who is known for her promotional stunts and style. UFC Japan takes you behind the scenes to … Read more
PRIDE, DREAM, and ONE FC veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri is expected to make his UFC debut in January, when the organization hosts its first Asian event outside of China or Japan. The January 4th card is set to take place in Singapore, and will be headlined by a welterweight match up between Jake Ellenberger and Tarec Saffiedine.