ByJustin Golightly, writer at
Design wizard. MMA mathematician. Formerly of Middle Easy, Justin Golightly has been featured on Bleacher Report, Uproxx and TMZ.
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Out of the ashes of Pride, rose a glorious phoenix to soar us into the future of Japanese MMA. The smokey smell of nostalgia still remains, but a new fire burns with RIZIN. The self-proclaimed ' FIGHT ROCK FESTIVAL' never disappoints. Through the undulating vocal screams of Lenne Hardt and the cheers of Cup O' Noodle Man, one the most exciting MMA spectaculars in the world awaits you in 2017. This is everything you wanted to see from RIZIN but were too tired to watch.

Captain of Soccer Kick Fight Club ⚽️

Cute-as-a-button Kanna Asakura is only 19-years old, but she's already 8-2 in MMA. She likes the color pink and to see the blood shed from the wounds of her enemies. She's scored an impressive number of goals in her career, but never played soccer once. Get it? She kicks human heads instead.

Violet, you're turning violet!


I am a real American. Fight for the rights of every man. I am a real American. fight for what's right, fight for your life. When it comes crashing down, and it hurts inside!

All Hail, King Reina and Prince Teddy Bear

Hype Train: Destination 18-Year Old Tenshin


Let this serve as a love letter to the rule sets of old and forgotten organizations. RIZIN is one of the only places in the world where you can soccer kick and leap into the air to brutally stomp on your opponent's head. It's beautiful. Violent, raw, primal, beauty.

Enter The Gooch


Full Results:

  • Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Anthony Birchak via unanimous decision
  • Amir Aliakbari def. Geronimo dos Santos via TKO 3:34 of Round 1
  • Kyoji Horiguchi def. Yuki Motoya via unanimous decision
  • Rena Kubota def. Dora Perjes via TKO 2:49 of Round 1
  • Tenshin Nasukawa def. Francesco Ghigliotti via TKO 1:07 of Round 1
  • Satoshi Ishii def. Heath Herring via unanimous decision
  • Reina Miura def. Jazzy Gabert via armbar at 4:45 of Round 2
  • Yusuke Yachi def Daron Cruickshank via KO at 5:12 of Round 1
  • Saori Ishioka def. Bestare Kicaj via rear-naked choke at 2:11 of Round 1
  • Kanna Asakura def. Aleksandra Toncheva via unanimous decision
  • Seiichiro Ito def. Kizaemon Saiga via unanimous decision


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