Uncle Creepy vs. Horiguchi to headline 1st RIZIN 2018 event

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

On Sunday May 6th 2018, RIZIN FF will be kicking off their first event in Fukuoka, Japan. It will be headlined by former UFC contenders, Kyoji Horiguchi vs Ian McCall.

On Valentine ’s Day, RIZIN announced a total of four fights to its first event of the year, which features 3 of the 2017 GP winners Kyoji Horiguchi, Kanna Asakura and Tenshin Nasukawa.

Chairman Nobuyuki Sakakibara started off the press conference by announcing that RIZIN will be officially numbering every event. The year 2018 would kick off the Fukuoka event as RIZIN 10.
May 6th RIZIN 10 – Fukuoka Marine Messe
July 29th RIZIN 11 – Saitama Super Arena
August 12th RIZIN 12 – Aichi Gymnasium
September 30th RIZIN 13 – Saitama Super Arena
December 31st RIZIN 14 – Saitama Super Arena

RIZIN Bantamweight GP king Kyoji Horiguchi will be facing Ian McCall in a 61kg (135lbs) bout scheduled for three, five-minute rounds. Horiguchi is currently on an eight-fight winning streak, and has a perfect 5-0 record in RIZIN. The ATT product finished all four opponents to win the Bantamweight GP.

McCall returned to the ring after a three-year hiatus, and remained beset by a string of bad luck – Uncle Creepy’s return fight ended in 106 seconds due to a cut. The California Native looks to showcase his true skills by
taking on the Bantamweight GP winner, who he would have faced if he had advanced in the tournament.

RIZIN’s first female champion Kanna Asakura will be taking on former King of the Cage atomweight champion Melissa Karagianis in a 49kg (108lbs) clash. The Super Atomweight Queen went undefeated last year, and looks to extend her winning streak in 2018. The twenty year old fought two
times in one night to capture belt by submitting two very accomplished strikers in RENA and Maria Oliveira. Karagianis defeated RIZIN regular Andy Nguyen to capture the KOTC Atom weight belt in November 2017.

Manel Kape may be the RIZIN fighter who most made a name for himself in 2017, from his antics and wild celebrations to weigh in scuffles. The Angolan forced himself to be recognized in his RIZIN debut when he knocked out Erson Yamamoto with a vicious head kick. He would then call out Ian McCall and defeat him by a doctor stoppage.

The former Outsider Flyweight champion Kai Asakura (9-1) made his RIZIN debut in style by knocking out Kizaemon Saiga in a fun scrap. This fight is guaranteed to deliver, not only in the ring, but also outside. Asakura has already mentioned that he would knock his opponent out if he gets touched during the weigh-ins. This fight is scheduled at a 59kg (130lbs) catchweight.

Wrestling Ace Kanako Murata will be taking on China’s most touted prospect Weili Zhang at 53kgs (117lbs). After making her MMA debut, Murata has had a good run in MMA until she went up a division to take on Rin Nakai. The Ehime raised wrestler had a rough 2017 with injuries and has only fought twice.

Zhang is the Number 1 ranked pound for pound female fighter in China, and is currently on a whopping 16-fight win streak. She has not tasted defeat since her debut fight in 2013. The Kunlun Champion has been recognized as the top Chinese prospect for years and will now fight in Japan for the second time.

General Manager Nobuhiko Takada also announced that RIZIN 9 will be having a few kickboxing bouts. Tomohiro Kitai from Team Dragon, and RIZIN 2017 Kickboxing tournament champion and kickboxing Phenom Tenshin Nasukawa will take part. Opponents for both fighters were not revealed at this time.

Doors open at 1:30PM with Opening Ceremony at 2:30PM on Sunday May 6th at the Fukuoka Marine Messe. International tickets can be purchased at www.stubhub.com.