Rize Up Podcast – Press Conference Review

Not an official podcast release, but just an update on the happenings at RIZIN’s October 15th card. Dan Henderson has injured his neck in training and has been pulled off the card. Kazushi Sakuraba will now face Frank Shamrock. King Reina vs Crystal Stokes & Jerome Le Banner vs Roque Martinez were added to the card as well. Shinju Auclair will not be able to compete on the October 15th card due to moving cross country and settling in, We will hopefully see her at the NYE show.

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Fighter Spotlight: Cassie Robb

We were able to catch up with Cassie Robb and ask her a few questions about her RIZIN experience where she fought Miyuu Yamamoto. We hope to see here back in RIZIN at some point. You can follow Cassie on twitter @thecassierobb How did you get started in Martial Arts & MMA? “I used to go to a lot of local MMA fights in my hometown and was inspired when I saw a female compete in such a male dominated sport.” How did you get invited to RIZIN? “I got the…

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Rize Up! Podcast Episode 3 Alyssa Garcia & Cynthia Arceo

In today’s episode we feature two interviews Alyssa Garcia & Cynthia Areceo. Both interviews took place at different times while in the middle of changing equipment and microphones so we apologize in advance for the audio differences between the two interviews. Alyssa Garcia is competing in the RIZIN Super Atomweight Grand Prix on October 15th and Cynthia Arceo is competing for the King Of The Cage Straweight championship on December 2nd. Don’t forget to visit our website www.RizeUpPodcast.com for more news and interviews.

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Rize Up Podcast Episode 2 – October 15th Card Preview

No guest this week, just going over the fight card that is already stacked to the brim, should be the best MMA card of the year so far! FIGHT CARD: Women’s Super Atomweight Grand Prix: RENA vs Andy Nguyen Miyuu Yamamoto vs Irene Rivera Kanna Asakura vs Sylwia Juskiewicz Alyssa Garcia vs Maria Olivera Mens Bantamweight Bracket B: Shintaro Ishiwatari vs Akhmed Musakaev Erson Yamamoto vs Manel Kape Jae Hoon Moon vs Kevin Petshi Tatsuya Kawajiri vs Gabriel Oliveira (Wildcard Qualification Bout) Super Fight: Tenshin Nasukawa vs Yamato Fujita Grappling…

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Bantamweight GP Final Card For Bracket B Revealed. ROAD FC Top Contender Meets Top French Prospect, Tenshin Nasukawa Gets Japanese National Boxing Champion.

Tenshin Nasukawa vs Yamato Fujita

TOKYO Roppongi – September 11th, RIZIN held a press conference in Tokyo at the RIZIN HQ to announce 5 additional card to the Fukuoka event. During the conference, the final participants for the Bantamweight GP were announced, along with rising star Tenshin Nasukawa’s opponent. RIZIN General Manager Nobuhiko Takada announced that the final slot for the Bantam weight GP is Road FC’s top contender Jae Hoon Moon (10-9) vs Superior Challenge Bantamweight Champion, and French prospect Kevin Petshi (12-3). This makes Bracket B complete along with the previously announced Shintaro…

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Rize Up! Podcast Episode 1 w/ Special Guest Enson Inoue

Welcome to the Rize Up! podcast where we discuss all things related to RIZIN. This week we talk with Enson Inoue about a road rage incident that happened to him and and we talk MMA rules and how too many rules and trying to game the rules can actually make a fight more dangerous. Also we talk about Joaquina Bonfim and her comments on WMMA Rankings wanting to more heavyweight females being promoted and how it may not just be the promoters fault and a Gabi Garcia vs Joaquina Bonfim…

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Fighter Spotlight: Kanna Asakura

Today we interviewed Kanna Asakura who is preparing for her fight against Sylwia Juśkiewicz in the first round of the super atomweight grand prix. She entered into the tournament after a qualifying match against Saori Ishioka at DEEP Jewels 17. She displayed great grappling ability and dominated the fight and won by unanimous decision. She is focused on winning the tournament but has hinted an interest in a rematch against Alyssa Garcia, this could potentially happen during the Grand Prix or possibly even after the GP concludes in an exhibition match.…

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Kawajiri aims to take the wildcard slot for the Rizin bantamweight tournament

TOKYO Roppongi – September 1st, RIZIN held a press conference in Tokyo at the RIZIN HQ to announce an addition to the Fukuoka event. Tatsuya Kawajiri will be fighting on the card to get himself into the Bantamweight Grand-Prix as the wildcard. RIZIN General Manager Nobuhiko Takada announced that Tatsuya Kawajiri will be facing an undefeated prospect from Brazil, Gabriel Oliveira (9-0) at 63kg (138.9lb). He followed up the announcement that the winner will be set to take one of the wildcard spots for December 29th. Both fighters will be…

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Kanna Asakura dominates Saori Ishioka to take the final spot for RIZIN women’s GP

Kanna Asakura vs Saori Ishioka DEEP Jewels 17

TOKYO SHINJUKU – August 26th, Japan’s only all women’s MMA promotion DEEP JEWELS held their event at the Shinjuku FACE hall, where the 29 year old Japanese WMMA pioneer Saori Ishoka and 19 year old Kanna Asakura squared off to determine who will be taking the last seat left for RIZIN’s first ever women’s GP. Both fighters are coming off of wins from their fights in RIZIN Yokohama, Ishioka winning by submission and Asakura winning by unanimous decision. The classic, veteran vs newcomer fight was heavily anticipated to see who…

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Shintaro Ishiwatari looks for revenge against Kyoji Horiguchi during the RIZIN World GP 2017

The current King of Pancrase is riding a 4 fight winning streak with notable wins over the names such as Takafumi Otsuka, Victor Henry, Johnathan Brookins and Rafael Silva. Many thought that he was just a phone call away from the UFC, but Ishiwatari has decided to participate in RIZIN’s world GP. “For me, it’s all about me beating tough, international fighters. Now that there is a platform where tough international fighters are coming to, there is no need for me to fight outside of Japan.” Said the humble but…

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