King of the Cage and MAVTV Announce The “WORLD AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS 4” at the Reno Events Center on December 9 for a Live Televised Broadcast

PRESS RELEASE – RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA. (October 23, 2017) – King of the Cage and MAVTV, owned by Lucas Oil is proud to announce the World Amateur Championships 4 will be held at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada on Saturday, December 9, 2017. The World Amateur Championships 4 will feature the top amateur fighters from around the globe competing for the chance at earning professional fighting contracts worth $250,000. Over 1,000 fighters will apply to compete in this event, but only forty (40) of the most elite MMA amateur…

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RIZIN BANTAM WEIGHT GRAND PRIX QUARTER FINAL MATCHUPS AND BRACKETS DETERMINED. WILD CARD 1 DETERMINED TO BE IAN “UNCLECREEPY” MCCALL.

After a long night of fights in Fukuoka, the RIZIN crew flew back to Tokyo to hold the drawings for the Bantamweight GP to determine the matchups for the Quarter Final bouts held on December 29th at the Saitama Super Arena, and the tournament bracket on which the winners will advance on the Semi Finals on December 31st. Kyoji Horiguchi (20-2-0) and Takafumi Otsuka (23-13-1), who have already confirmed their advancement in the tournament by winning their opening matches, was joined by the newly confirmed quarter finalists, Shintaro Ishiwatari (23-6-4),…

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Fighter Spotlight: Yusuke Yachi

We caught up with Yusuke Yachi to ask about his martials arts beginnings and his career. Yusuke is on a 4-fight win streak, a 3-fight win streak in RIZIN and will be a major player in the Japanese scene soon. How do did you get started in Martial Arts? “As I continued to watch PRIDE and K-1 my ambition and desire in becoming a badass grew stronger.” How long after practicing Martial Arts did you know you wanted to compete professionally? “I started practicing Martial Arts knowing I wanted to…

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RIZIN 2017 in FUKUOKA FIGHT ORDER REVEILED. ANTHONY BIRCHAK AND CHRIS CORDEIRO DETERMINED AS ENGLISH COMMENTARY TEAM ON FITETV

9 days until RIZIN FF makes its first landing in the southern island of Japan, and the highly anticipated event has finally revealed the lineup with the total of 16 fights. The FUKUOKA audience will be treated with variety of fights from kick boxing bouts, legend’s grappling match, men and women’s GP fights, and straight up 10 minute round fights. The main and co main event will be aired live on Fuji Television, which will be the network’s first time to go live with RIZIN content. RIZIN’s biggest draws RENA…

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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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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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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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