2019 in Rizin Fighting Federation

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2019 in Rizin Fighting Federation
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First dateApril 21, 2019
Last dateDecember 31, 2019
Events
Fights
Chronology
2018 in Rizin Fighting Federation 2019 in Rizin Fighting Federation

The year 2019 is the 5th 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 Yokohama. 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 7 events in 2019: April, June, July, August, October, and the usual December 29 and 31 show.

He also announced that they will do a lightweight Grand Prix this year. Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker has announced that he will be sending Patricky Freire to participate in the opening round.

Rizin's Lightweight grand prix will begin on October 12 at the Osaka-jo Hall, with the four opening rounds bouts of the tournament bracket. The semifinals and finals will be held on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31, at Saitama Super Arena.

List of events[edit]

# Event Date Venue Location Attendance
1 Rizin 15 - Yokohama April 21, 2019 Yokohama Arena Japan Yokohama, Japan 12,914
2 Rizin 16 - Kobe June 2, 2019 World Memorial Hall Japan Kobe, Japan 8,107
3 Rizin 17 - Saitama July 28, 2019 Saitama Super Arena Japan Saitama, Japan 16,930
4 Rizin 18 - Nagoya August 18, 2019 Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium Japan Nagoya, Japan
5 Rizin 19 - Osaka October 12, 2019 Edion Arena Japan Osaka, Japan
6 Rizin 20 - Saitama December 29, 2019 Saitama Super Arena Japan Saitama, Japan
7 Rizin 21 - Saitama December 31, 2019 Saitama Super Arena Japan Saitama, Japan

Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix bracket[edit]

1st Round
Semifinals
Final
         
Brazil Patricky Freire
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD

Rizin 15 - Yokohama[edit]

Rizin 15 - Yokohama
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PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateApril 21, 2019
VenueYokohama Arena
CityJapan Yokohama, Japan

Rizin 15 - Yokohama was a Combat sport event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on April 21, 2019 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.

Background[edit]

A light heavyweight bout between RIZIN top contender Jiří Procházka and former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal will serve as the Rizin 15 - Yokohama main event. The bout will crown the inaugural RIZIN Light Heavyweight champion.[2]

Ulka Sasaki has been forced to withdraw from his schedule fight against Kai Asakura due to a visceral infection and Justin Scoggins has stepped in as a replacement.[3] Unfortunately, Scoggins has suffered a knee injury during training and has been unable to compete, that forced his fight against kai asakura to be cancelled.[4]

Shinju Nozawa-Auclair was supposed to face Saray Orozco. However, Nozawa-Auclair suffered an ankle injury during training and was forced to withdraw from the fight. Kanako Murata has steped in on short notice against Orozco.[5]

Results[edit]

Rizin 15
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Light Heavyweight 93 kg Czech Republic Jiří Procházka def. United States Muhammed Lawal TKO (Punches) 3 13:02 For the inaugural Rizin Light Heavyweight Championship
Catchweight 59 kg Japan Tenshin Nasukawa def. Philippines Fritz Aldin Biagtan TKO (3 Knockdown Rule) 3 7:24 Kickboxing
Intermission
Catchweight 60 kg Japan Kyoji Horiguchi def. United States Ben Nguyen TKO (Punches) 1 2:53
Catchweight 71 kg Brazil Roberto de Souza def. Japan Satoru Kitaoka TKO (Punches) 2 8:56
Light Heavyweight 93 kg Sweden Karl Albrektsson def. Brazil Christiano Frohlich Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 51 kg Japan Rena Kubota def. France Samantha Jean-Francois Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 68 kg Japan Mikuru Asakura def. Brazil Luiz Gustavo Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Flyweight 57 kg Japan Kana Watanabe def. Poland Justyna Haba Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Lightweight 70 kg Australia Damien Brown def. Japan Koji Takeda Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Flyweight 58 kg Angola Manel Kape def. Japan Seiichiro Ito TKO (Punches) 2 8:59
Flyweight 57 kg Japan Kanako Murata def. Mexico Saray Orozco Submission (Von Flue Choke) 2 7:12
Bantamweight 61 kg Brazil Thalisson Gomes Ferreira def. Japan Taiga TKO (3 Knockdown Rule) 2 5:34 Kickboxing

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Rizin 16 - Kobe[edit]

Rizin 16 - Kobe
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PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateJune 2, 2019
VenueWorld Memorial Hall
CityJapan Kobe, Japan

Rizin 16 - Kobe was a Combat sport event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on June 2, 2019 at the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan.

Background[edit]

ISKA Featherweight Ahmed Ferradji was scheduled to defend his title against Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 16, but Ferradji withdrew from the scheduled fight. As a result ISKA has stripped the title from Ferradji and ISKA Bantamweight Champion Martin Blanco has stepped in on short notice to face Nasukawa for the vacant ISKA Featherweight World Title.[7]

Kizaemon Saiga was scheduled to face Kunitaka Fujiwara at RIZIN 16, but was not medically cleared for the event due to vision issues. Stepping in on a few days' notice to fight Fujiwara was the former K-1 Krush champion Ryuji Horio.[8]

Results[edit]

Rizin 16
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Featherweight 57 kg Japan Tenshin Nasukawa def. Argentina Martin Blanco KO (Knee to the Body) 2 5:19 For the ISKA Featherweight Championship
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Ayaka Hamasaki (c) def. United States Jinh Yu Frey Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00 For the Rizin Super Atomweight Championship
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Miyuu Yamamoto def. Japan Kanna Asakura Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Intermission
Heavyweight 120 kg United States Jake Heun def. Guam Roque Martinez Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Flyweight 57 kg Japan Yusaku Nakamura def. Thailand Topnoi Thanongsaklek Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Lightweight 71 kg Azerbaijan Tofiq Musaev def. United States Daron Cruickshank Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Intermission
Bantamweight 61 kg Japan Mamoru Uoi def. United States Kana Hayatt TKO (Punches and Soccer Kicks) 3 14:32
Catchweight 59 kg Japan Ryuji Horio def. Japan Kunitaka Fujiwara Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing
Bantamweight 61 kg Japan Erson Yamamoto def. United States Tim Eschtruth KO (Elbow and Punches) 1 2:04
Catchweight 63 kg Japan Taiju Shiratori def. Japan Hiroto Yamaguchi Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing
Catchweight 59 kg Japan Takaki Soya def. Japan Namiki Kawahara KO (Punch and Soccer Kick) 1 4:05
Catchweight 60 kg Japan Nakamura Ken def. Japan Itto KO (Head Kick) 2 3:18 Kickboxing
Catchweight 56 kg Japan Seiki Ueyama def. Japan Kengo TKO (3 Knockdown Rule) 1 2:42 Kickboxing
Catchweight 69 kg Japan Yuya def. Japan Yuki Tanaka TKO (3 Knockdown Rule) 1 2:45 Kickboxing

Rizin 17 - Saitama[edit]

Rizin 17 - Saitama
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PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateJuly 28, 2019
VenueSaitama Super Arena
CityJapan Saitama, Japan

Rizin 17 - Saitama was a Combat sport event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on July 28, 2019 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Background[edit]

Daiki Watabe was due to fight Kevin Ross in a kickboxing bout, but the american fighter withdrew due to an hand injury. Watabe instead faced the bolivian fighter Hideki, who stepped in on 3 weeks notice for this encounter.

Results[edit]

Rizin 17
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Lightweight 70 kg Japan Mikuru Asakura def. Japan Yusuke Yachi Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Bantamweight 61 kg Japan Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Japan Ulka Sasaki Submission (North-South Choke 2 8:57
Bantamweight 61 kg Japan Hiromasa Ogikubo def. Japan Yuki Motoya Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Light Heavyweight 93 kg Russia Ivan Shtyrkov def. South Korea Hoon Kim TKO (Punches) 2 9:05
Catchweight 62 kg Japan Taiga def. Japan Hikaru Machida Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing
Intermission
Lightweight 71 kg United States Johnny Case def. Japan Satoru Kitaoka TKO (Retirement) 1 5:00 Lightweight GP Qualifying Round
Lightweight 71 kg Japan Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Russia Ali Abdulkhalikov Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00 Lightweight GP Qualifying Round
Lightweight 71 kg Brazil Roberto de Souza def. Japan Mizuto Hirota KO (Punches) 1 3:04 Lightweight GP Qualifying Round
Light Heavyweight 93 kg United States Jake Heun def. Russia Vitaly Shemetov TKO (Cut) 3 12:20
Super Atomweight 49 kg South Korea Seo Hee Ham def. Japan Tomo Maesawa TKO (Knees) 1 3:12
Catchweight 63 kg Switzerland Stephanie Egger def. Japan Reina Miura Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 67 kg Bolivia Hideki def. Japan Daiki Watabe Decision (Majority) 3 9:00 Kickboxing

Rizin 18 - Nagoya[edit]

Rizin 18 - Nagoya
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PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateAugust 18, 2019
VenueAichi Prefectural Gymnasium
CityJapan Nagoya, Japan

Rizin 18 - Nagoya will be a Combat sport event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on August 18, 2019 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya, Japan.

Background[edit]

Marcos de Souza, was set to fight at RIZIN 18, but his debut was pushed back because of a injury.

Kazuma Sone was expected to face Erson Yamamoto, But plans have changed for undisclosed reasons. That forced the fight to be cancelled. Justin Scoggins has stepped in as a replacement.

Results[edit]

Rizin 18
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Bantamweight 61 kg Japan Kai Asakura def. Japan Kyoji Horiguchi KO (Punches) 1 1:07
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Ayaka Hamasaki def. Thailand Suwanan Boonsorn Submission (Armbar) 1 3:20
Bantamweight 61 kg United States Victor Henry def. Australia Trent Girdham Submission (Inverted Triangle Choke) 3 12:14
Bantamweight 61 kg Angola Manel Kape def. Japan Takeya Mizugaki KO (punch) 2 6:35
Catchweight 75 kg Brazil Danilo Zanolini def. Australia John Wayne Parr Decision (Split) 3 9:00 Kickboxing
Intermission
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Kanna Asakura def. United States Alesha Zappitella Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Strawweight 53 kg Japan Haruo Ochi vs. United States Jarred Brooks No Contest (Accidental Headbutt) 1 0:11
Lightweight 71 kg Japan Hiroto Uesako def. France Yves Landu TKO (Punches) 2 8:45 Lightweight GP Qualifying Round
Bantamweight 61 kg United States Justin Scoggins def. Japan Kazuma Sone Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 59 kg Japan Takaki Soya def. Japan Yutaro Muramoto TKO (Punches) 2 6:27
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Ai Shimizu def. United States Tabatha Watkins Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Strawweight 53 kg Japan Kazuki Osaki def. Japan Shota Takiya Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing
Flyweight 57 kg Japan Ryuji Horio def. Japan Uchu Sakurai Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing

Rizin 19 - Osaka[edit]

Rizin 19 - Osaka
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateOctober 12, 2019
VenueEdion Arena
CityJapan Osaka, Japan

Rizin 19 - Osaka will be a Combat sport event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on October 12, 2019 at the Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan.

Background[edit]

Fight Card[edit]

Rizin 19
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Super Atomweight 49 kg Japan Miyuu Yamamoto vs. South Korea Seo Hee Ham

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rizin FF Partners with FITE TV". sherdog.com.
  2. ^ "Scott Coker explains 'King Mo' Lawal's move to Rizin FF for Jiri Prochazka title rematch". mmajunkie.com.
  3. ^ "Rizin 15 fight roundup: Justin Scoggins replaces Ulka Sasaki". mmafighting.com.
  4. ^ "Justin Scoggins Suffers Knee Injury, Rizin 15 Bout vs. Kai Asakura Canceled". sherdog.com.
  5. ^ "RIZIN 15 bout order announced, Kanako Murata replaces Shinju on short-notice". mmasucka.com.
  6. ^ "Rizin FF 15 results and video: Prochazka TKO's King Mo to win title, Horiguchi bombs on Nguyen". bloodyelbow.com.
  7. ^ "Kizaemon Saiga Out of Rizin 16, Replaced by Ryuji Horio against Kunitaka". mmafighting.com.
  8. ^ "Tenshin Nasukawa gets new opponent for Rizin 16". sherdog.com.

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