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Rizin FF fills out April 16 card in Japan, including several UFC veterans

The card for Rizin FF’s next event has started to build, and it’s filled with former UFC fighters.

The previously announced main event for the show, which takes place April 16 at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, is between former UFC flyweight title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi (18-2) and Yuki Motoya (18-4). That fight, the promotion has announced, will take place at a 128-pound catch weight.

Additionally, UFC vet Anthony Birchak (13-3) will move up a weight class to meet fellow UFC veteran and Japanese MMA legend Tatsuya Kawajiri (35-11-2) at featherweight. UFC vet Daron Cruickshank (18-9) will take on Japan’s Yusuke Yachi (16-6) at lightweight. UFC vet Heath Herring (28-15) returns at heavyweight to fight Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (14-7-1). And kickboxing standout Tenshin Nasukawa (2-0) will meet Italy’s Franchesco Ghigliotti (0-0), a 40-fight kickboxing veteran who will make his MMA debut at flyweight.

The card also will feature four women’s bouts. Kanna Asakura (6-2) will meet amateur MMA champion Alexandra Toncheva (0-0 AMMA) in her pro debut at atomweight, and Saori Ishioka (14-10) takes on Bestare Kicaj (2-0) at 105 pounds. German pro wrestler Jazzy Garbert (1-0) will make her RIZIN FF debut against Reina Miura (2-0) at a 198-pound catch weight. Rena Kubota (3-0) also will fight against an opponent still to be determined.

The Rizin FF card now includes:

  • Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Yuki Motoya
  • Anthony Birchak vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Yusuke Yachi
  • Heath Herring vs. Satoshi Ishii
  • Franchesco Ghigliotti vs. Tenshin Nasukawa
  • Kanna Asakura vs. Alexandra Toncheva
  • Saori Ishioka vs. Bestare Kicaj
  • Jazzy Garbert vs. Reina Miura
  • Rena Kubota vs. TBA
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