Thursday, June 21, 2018

After a successful kickoff into the year 2018, RIZIN Fighting Federation announced three more events:
RIZIN 11 on July 29;
RIZIN 12 on August 12; and,
RIZIN 13 on September 30.

There are several recent additions to the next two card, in bold.

RIZIN.11
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Hiromasa Ogikubo
Kanna Asakura vs Rena Kubota
Jiri Prochazka vs Bruno Cappelozza
Saori Ishioka vs Miyuu Yamamoto
Takanori Gomi vs Andy Souwer
Rin Nakai vs Shizuka Sugiyama

RIZIN.12
Yusuke Yachi vs Bruno Carvalho
Hatsu Hioki vs Mikuru Asakura
Roque Martinez vs Samurai Mark Hunt
Reina Miura vs Kaitlin Young
Strasser Kiichi vs Ryuichiro Sumimura
Yuki Motoya vs TBD
Kanako Murata vs TBD

A press conference was recently held, and the resulting quotes illustrate some of the differences between JMMA and the sport in the west.

“My opponent is another fighter sent from Wanderlei, and he looks scary and is saying creepy things. I will train hard and will be ready to take on another tough Brazilian striker.”
Yusuke Yachi

“I train with the best strikers in Brazil. I am going to rip Yachi’s head off in Nagoya and bring it back to Brazil.”
Bruno Carvalho

“Sugiyama is a great role model for Japanese women’s MMA and I respect her for what she has done, but for the fight, I am going in the ring to defeat my opponent.”
Rin Nakai

Rin Nakai is about the same age, same experience, but many people think I am the big underdog. I will go in there and take the challenge and overcome it.”
Shizuka Sugiyama

Kaitlin Young
“My opponent is 10 years younger than me, but I am still young. I have the overall experience and this fight will be a typical grappler vs. striker. This fight will be the old wolf taking on the young lion.”

King Reina
“What is my opponent’s record? I don’t know who she is.”

Roque Martinez
“For this one, I promise that everybody will get to see my superior boxing skills in a stand-up war.”

Samurai Mark Hunt (Kiyoshi Kuwabara)
“I promise fireworks against Roque. I hope we can deliver something better than Takayama vs. Frye.”

Strasser Kiichi
“My opponent doesn’t have any ground, and heavily relies on his striking. But I am confident in my striking as well, so I will play his game, stand with him and knock him out.”

Ryuichiro Sumimura
“I would like to fight for the victims who suffered losses in the earthquake that happened this week.”

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