2018 in Rizin Fighting Federation

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2018 in Rizin Fighting Federation
Information
First dateMay 6, 2018
Last dateDecember 31, 2018
Events
Total events5
Fights
Chronology
2017 in Rizin Fighting Federation 2018 in Rizin Fighting Federation

The year 2018 is the 4th year in the history of the Rizin Fighting Federation, a mixed martial arts promotion based in Japan. The season started with Rizin Fighting Federation in Fukuoka. It started broadcasting through a television agreement with Fuji Television. In North America and Europe Rizin FF is available on PPV all over the world and on FITE TV.[1]

Background[edit]

Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced that Rizin will do 5 events in 2018: May, July, August, September and the December 31st show.[2]

List of events[edit]

# Event Date Venue Location Attendance
1 Rizin 10 - Fukuoka May 6, 2018 Marine Messe Fukuoka Japan Fukuoka, Japan 7,910
2 Rizin 11 - Saitama July 29, 2018 Saitama Super Arena Japan Saitama, Japan 17,912
3 Rizin 12 - Aichi - Ken August 12, 2018 Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium Japan Nagoya, Japan 5,567
4 Rizin 13 - Saitama September 30, 2018 Saitama Super Arena Japan Saitama, Japan 27,208
5 Rizin 14 - Saitama December 31, 2018 Saitama Super Arena Japan Saitama, Japan

Rizin 10 - Fukuoka[edit]

Rizin 10 - Fukuoka
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateMay 6, 2018
VenueMarine Messe Fukuoka
CityJapan Fukuoka, Japan

Rizin 10 - Fukuoka was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on May 6, 2018 at the Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan.

Background[edit]

Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion Kyoji Horiguchi was announced to take on fellow veteran Ian McCall in a much anticipated bout that failed to materialize during the New Years Event.[3] Rounding off the marquee match-ups were the kickboxing phenomenon, Tenshin Nasukawa, taking on DEEP flyweight champion Yusaku Nakamura, and newly-crowned atomweight queen Kanna Asakura, who will face former King of the Cage atomweight champion Melissa Karagianis.

Yachi Yusuke will face off against UFC-vet Diego Nunes, and the Kunlun Fight strawweight champion Weili Zhang was supposed to face Kanako Murata. However, Zhang suffered an injury on her left shoulder during training and was forced to withdraw from the fight. She was replaced by the former TUF 23 cast member Lanchana Green.[4] This event also saw the return of the former Invicta atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki, as well as up-and-coming prospects Manel Kape and Kai Asakura.[5]

Results[edit]

Rizin 10
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Bantamweight 61 kg Japan Kyoji Horiguchi def. United States Ian McCall KO (Punch) 1 0:09
Flyweight 57 kg Japan Tenshin Nasukawa def. Japan Yusaku Nakamura TKO (3 Knockdowns Rules) 2 4:42 Kickboxing Rules
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Kanna Asakura def. Canada Melissa Karagianis Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Lightweight 70 kg Japan Yusuke Yachi def. Brazil Diego Nunes Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Lightweight 70 kg United States Daron Cruickshank def. Japan Koshi Matsumoto KO (Head Kick) 1 3:52
Strawweight 51.5 kg Japan Issei Ishii def. Japan Daishin Sakai Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing Rules
Catchweight 59 kg Japan Kai Asakura def. Angola Manel Kape Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Ayaka Hamasaki def. United States Alyssa Garcia Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Heavyweight 120 kg Croatia Ante Delija def. Brazil Ricardo Prasel Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Heavyweight 120 kg Suriname Jair Rozenstruik def. Ukraine Andrey Kovalev Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Strawweight 53 kg Japan Kanako Murata def. England Lanchana Green Submission (Anaconda Choke) 1 4:54
Bantamweight 61 kg Japan Tomohiro Kitai vs. Japan Kurogi Darvish Draw (Split) 3 9:00 Kickboxing Rules

Rizin 11 - Saitama[edit]

Rizin 11 - Saitama
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateJuly 29, 2018
VenueSaitama Super Arena
CityJapan Saitama, Japan

Rizin 11 - Saitama was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on July 29, 2018 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Background[edit]

After a 9-second knockout victory, Kyoji Horiguchi made a quick turnaround, in a long-awaited rematch against fellow Japanese champion Hiromasa Ogikubo.[6] Ogikubo, the current Shooto bantamweight champion, has not lost since he last faced Horiguchi in 2013. Another rematch took place with Kanna Asakura taking on RENA, who she defeated in the final of the Atomweight Grand Prix.

Originally Mirko Cro Cop was scheduled for this event, however on May 21, 2018, while training for a bout in Bellator MMA against Roy Nelson, Crocop suffered multiple injuries to his left leg including an ACL tear, a partial MCL tear, and a LCL sprain. It was revealed that the recovery for these injuries would take a minimum of 5 months, and so he was ruled out of the event.[7]

Originally a fight was set between Takanori Gomi and Andy Souwer. However, Souwer was forced to withdrawal due to signing a exclusive contract with ONE Championship. He was replaced by UFC veteran Melvin Guillard at a weight limit of 73.0kg. Guillard weighed in at 73.95kg, forcing the bout to be contested at a catchweight.

Originally a fight was set between Kai Asakura and Topnoi Tiger Muay Thai. However, Asakura was pulled from the event due to a knee injury and replaced by former Tenkaichi Champion Tadaaki Yamamoto

Originally a fight was set between Rin Nakai and Shizuka Sugiyama. However, Nakai was pulled from the event due to acute nephritis, and the bout was cancelled all together.

Results[edit]

Rizin 11
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Kanna Asakura def. Japan Rena Kubota Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 60 kg Japan Kyoji Horiguchi def. Japan Hiromasa Ogikubo Decision (Unanimous) 2 15:00
Light Heavyweight 93 kg Czech Republic Jiří Procházka def. Brazil Bruno Cappelozza KO (Punches) 1 1:41
Catchweight 74 kg Japan Takanori Gomi def. United States Melvin Guillard KO (Punches) 1 2:33
Lightweight 70 kg Brazil Diego Brandao def. Japan Satoru Kitaoka KO (Punches) 1 1:30
Openweight Mongolia Unurjargal Boldpurev def. Japan Shoma Shibisai Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Lightweight 70 kg Japan Kaito Ono def. Japan Yoshiya Uzatsuyo KO (Knee) 2 4:22 Kickboxing Rules
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Miyuu Yamamoto def. Japan Saori Ishioka Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Catchweight 59 kg  Thailand Topnoi Thanongsaklek def. Japan Tadaaki Yamamoto KO (Punch) 1 1:06
Lightweight 70 kg  United States Daron Cruickshank def. Brazil Tom Santos TKO (Elbows) 3 14:11

Rizin 12 - Nagoya[edit]

Rizin 12 - Nagoya
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateAugust 12, 2018
VenueAichi Prefectural Gymnasium
CityJapan Nagoya, Japan

Rizin 12 - Nagoya was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on August 12, 2018 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya, Japan.

Background[edit]

Former Jungle Fight Lightweight Champion Bruno Carvalho was expected to headline this event against Yusuke Yachi, but was forced off the card due to an injury.[8] Carvalho was replaced by the undefeated Luiz Gustavo.

King Reina takes on veteran Kaitlin Young in a women's featherweight bout. Kiichi Kunimoto will face DEEP Welterweight Champion Ryuichiro Sumimura. Mikuru Asakura (who is Kai Asakura's older brother) is expected to face all-time great, Hatsu Hioki. Former UFC competitor Angela Magana makes her promotional debut against Kanako Murata.[9]

Results[edit]

Rizin 12
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Lightweight 70 kg Brazil Luiz Gustavo def. Japan Yusuke Yachi KO (Punch) 2 7:32
Bantamweight 61 kg Japan Yuki Motoya def. Japan Kazuma Sone Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 9:31
Welterweight 77 kg Japan Kiichi Kunimoto def. Japan Ryuichiro Sumimura Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 1 4:59
Featherweight 65 kg United States Kaitlin Young def. Japan Reina Miura Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 59 kg Japan Daiki Naito def. Japan Hannya Hashimoto TKO (Leg Kicks) 2 4:53 Kickboxing Bout
Featherweight 66 kg Japan Mikuru Asakura def. Japan Hatsu Hioki KO (Head Kick and Punches) 1 3:45
Heavyweight 120 kg Guam Roque Martinez def. Japan Kiyoshi Kuwabara TKO (Punches) 1 4:37
Featherweight 65 kg Japan Kaito Ono def. Japan Sho Ogawa Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing Bout
Strawweight 53 kg Japan Kanako Murata def. Puerto Rico Angela Magana Submission (Von Flue Choke) 2 8:52
Catchweight 59 kg Japan Ryuki def. Japan NAOYA Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing Bout
Lightweight 70 kg Japan Shintaro Matsukura def. Japan Takahiro Okuyama KO (Punch) 2 5:30 Kickboxing Bout
Catchweight 53 kg Japan Shota Takiya def. Japan Syuto Sato Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing Bout

Rizin 13 - Saitama[edit]

Rizin 13 - Saitama
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateSeptember 30, 2018
VenueSaitama Super Arena
CityJapan Saitama, Japan

Rizin 13 - Saitama was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on September 30, 2018 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Background[edit]

A champion versus champion affair kicked off the card, as current Pancrase Strawweight Champion Mitsuhisa Sunabe took on reigning DEEP Strawweight Champion Haruo Ochi. Jiri Prochazka looked to continue his winning streak against WSOF/PFL veteran Jake Heun. Brothers Mikuru and Kai Asakura fought Karshyga Dautbek and Topnoi Thanongsaklek, respectively. 4-time K-1 champion Taiga Kawabe made his RIZIN debut against fellow debutant Kento Haraguchi.

Miyuu Yamamoto rematched former King of the Cage Atomweight Champion Andy Nguyen; Nguyen defeated Yamamoto at RIZIN's 2016 New Year Eve card. Manel Kape returned to the RIZIN ring for a 5th time, and faced DEEP Flyweight Champion Yusaku Nakamura. Former Invicta Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki made her second appearance for RIZIN, this time fighting the current DEEP Jewels Atomweight Champion, Mina Kurobe. UFC veterans Daron Cruickshank and Diego Brandao faced off in a lightweight bout.

Mirko Cro Cop returned after a 4-month injury lay-off against DEEP Megaton Champion, Roque Martinez. The first African professional sumo wrestler, Osunaarashi, fought fan-favorite Bob Sapp. The card was headlined by kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa and Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion Kyoji Horiguchi, in a kickboxing rules bout.[10]

Results[edit]

Rizin 13
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Light Heavyweight 93 kg Czech Republic Jiri Prochazka def. United States Jake Heun TKO (punches) 1 4:29
Featherweight 66 kg Japan Mikuru Asakura def. Kazakhstan Karshyga Dautbek Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Lightweight 70 kg United States Daron Cruickshank def. Brazil Diego Brandao KO (Flying Knee) 2 5:17
Flyweight 57 kg Japan Tenshin Nasukawa def. Japan Kyoji Horiguchi Decision (unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing Rules
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Miyuu Yamamoto def. United States Andy Nguyen Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Heavyweight 120 kg Croatia Mirko Filipovic def. Guam Roque Martinez TKO (Cut) 1 4:58
Openweight United States Bob Sapp def. Egypt Osunaarashi Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Special Rules
Strawweight 53 kg Japan Haruo Ochi def. Japan Mitsuhisa Sunabe KO (Soccer Kicks) 3 12:51
Catchweight 59 kg Japan Kai Asakura def. Thailand Topnoi Thanongsaklek Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Ayaka Hamasaki def. Japan Mina Kurobe Submission (Kimura) 1 4:45
Catchweight 59 kg Japan Taiga Kawabe Japan Kento Haraguchi Draw (Majority) 3 9:00 Kickboxing Rules
Catchweight 58 kg Angola Manel Kape def. Japan Yusaku Nakamura Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 14:27

Rizin - Heisei's Last Yarennoka[edit]

Rizin - Heisei's Last Yarennoka
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PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateDecember 31, 2018
VenueSaitama Super Arena
CityJapan Saitama, Japan

Rizin - Heisei's Last Yarennoka will be a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on December 31, 2018 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Background[edit]

Fight Card[edit]

Rizin Heisei's Last Yarennoka
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight 70 kg Japan Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Japan Satoru Kitaoka
Bantamweight 61 kg Japan Kai Asakura vs. South Korea Jae Hoon Moon
Flyweight 57 kg Japan Kana Watanabe vs. Japan Shizuka Sugiyama
Catchweight 92 kg Japan Yuta Uchida vs. Japan Takuma Konishi Kickboxing

Rizin 14 - Saitama[edit]

Rizin 14 - Saitama
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateDecember 31, 2018
VenueSaitama Super Arena
CityJapan Saitama, Japan

Rizin 14 - Saitama will be a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on December 31, 2018 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Background[edit]

Fight Card[edit]

Rizin 14
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Catchweight 66.6 kg Japan Tenshin Nasukawa vs. United States Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Bantamweight 61 kg Japan Kyoji Horiguchi vs. United States Darrion Caldwell For the inaugural Rizin Bantamweight Championship.
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Kanna Asakura vs. Japan Ayaka Hamasaki For the inaugural Rizin Super Atomweight Championship.
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Rena Kubota vs. France Samantha Jean-Francois
Lightweight 70 kg Japan Yusuke Yachi vs. United States Johnny Case
Catchweight 59 kg Japan Ulka Sasaki vs. Angola Manel Kape
Catchweight 60 kg Japan Yuki Motoya vs. United States Justin Scoggins
Lightweight 70 kg Japan Nobumitsu Osawa vs. Azerbaijan Tofik Musaev
Light Heavyweight 93 kg Czech Republic Jiří Procházka vs. United States Emanuel Newton
Flyweight 57 kg Poland Justyna Haba vs. United States Shinju Nozawa Auclair
Lightweight 70 kg Australia Damien Brown vs. United States Daron Cruickshank
Featherweight 65 kg Japan Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Japan Erson Yamamoto
Featherweight 66 kg Japan Mikuru Asakura vs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rizin FF Partners with FITE TV". sherdog.com.
  2. ^ "Sakakibara Revealed Plan for 2018". adcombat.com. 2018-01-01.
  3. ^ Raimondi, Marc (2018-02-13). "Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Ian McCall set for Rizin FF 9". mmafighting.com.
  4. ^ Skytte, Mike (2018-05-03). "Kanako Murata gets new opponent for RIZIN 10 after Zhang injures shoulder". mmasucka.com.
  5. ^ Carroll, Peter (2018-05-06). "RIZIN FF 10: Kyoji Horiguchi KOs Ian McCall in nine seconds". mmafighting.com.
  6. ^ Raimondi, Marc (2018-05-16). "Kyoji Horiguchi gets quick turnaround, faces TUF alum Hiromasa Ogikubo at Rizin 11". mmafighting.com.
  7. ^ Al-Shatti, Shaun (2018-05-22). "Mirko Cro Cop details extent of knee injury, targeted date for return". mmafighting.com.
  8. ^ Guilherme Cruz (July 12, 2018). "Rizin 12 headliner Bruno Carvalho injured, out of Yusuke Yachi fight". mmafighting.com.
  9. ^ Guilherme Cruz (June 28, 2018). "Angela Magana vs. Kanako Murata, Daron Cruickshank vs. Tom Santos official for upcoming Rizin cards". mmafighting.com.
  10. ^ Guilherme Cruz (August 24, 2018). "Rizin 13 card complete with Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Tenshin Nasukawa in kickboxing, Mirko Cro Cop's return". mmafighting.com.

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