#UFC 218 #Conor McGregor #Francis Ngannou #UFC 217 #Alistair Overeem #Max Holloway #Mike Perry #Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux #GSP

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
view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.


Show Comments

Related News

Takanori Gomi and Gabi Garcia among additions to Rizin FF's year-end doubleheader

  • 16 days ago

The fight cards continue to take shape for Rizin FF’s year-end doubleheader, and they include some notable names.Filed under: News read news >>

UFC champ Max Holloway invokes Drake, calls 'UFC Countdown' bull(expletive)

  • 14 days ago

UFC featherweight champ Max Holloway doesn’t dispute he started slow and finished strong when he first met Jose Aldo. He just disagrees on the timeline of his turnaround.Filed under: Featured, News, read news >>

Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 218, including plenty of Detroit references – and Imagine Dragons times two

  • 12 days ago

Check out all the fighter walkout songs from Saturday’s UFC 218 event.Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>

Davi Ramos doesn't have to think about moral victories after UFC-Fresno

  • 5 days ago

Davi Ramos may have started his UFC tenure with a loss, but he never treated it that way. Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC Begins Fielding Offers for New TV Deal, Initial Bid from FOX Lower Than Expected |

  • 17 days ago

The UFC has started to engage in negotiations on a new television broadcast deal that will start in 2019 following the conclusion of their current contract with FOX. Earlier this year, the UFC had a read news >>

10 reasons to watch UFC 218, including a surging champ and frightening Francis Ngannou

  • 14 days ago

We have many reasons to tune into UFC 218, which features surging champ Max Holloway and frightening heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 218 official weigh-in highlights video, photos with a near towel incident in Detroit

  • 14 days ago

Check out our exclusive official weigh-ins video and photo gallery from UFC 218 in Detroit. Filed under: Featured, News, Photo Gallery, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 218 breakdown: Betting advice, possible prop bets and fantasy studs

  • 14 days ago

MMAjunkie Radio cohost Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of UFC 218. Today, we look at wagering opportunities and fantasy advice. 1 2Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 218 staff picks: Does anyone think Jose Aldo can get the belt back from Max Holloway?

  • 14 days ago

Check out our staff picks for the UFC 218 main card in Detroit, featuring Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo in a rematch.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 218 Betting Preview: Holloway vs. Aldo 2 Odds Roundup, Card Analysis

  • 14 days ago

Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-3) lost the title belt in his home country of Brazil back on June 3, and he will now try to reclaim it in a rematch against new champ Max Holloway (18-3) a read news >>