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 your continually updated and comprehensive guide.
RIZIN 5: Sakura in Yokohama
When: April 16, 2017
Where: Yokohama Arena; Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
How: Live on FITE TV for $14.99 at 2 AM ET
To coincide with beauty in Japan, RIZIN will celebrate their women's division as the cherry blossoms bloom and they gear up for their women's atomweight grand prix later this year. To continue the theme of Spring, Kyoji Horiguchi — the 3rd best flyweight in the world — left the UFC to find a new life in RIZIN.
The RIZIN Debut of UFC's Kyogi Horiguchi
After failing to take out the legendary Mirko Cro Cop, openweight grand prix finalist Amir Aliakbari makes his return to the ring at RIZIN 2017 in the co-main event. To continue their spotlight on the future of MMA, young guns Kizaemon Saiga and Seiichiro Ito will open up the card.
“I hope fans across the globe can experience Japanese MMA first-hand from women’s fights to the fast and technical flyweight fights and world-class heavyweights battling one another, along with the overall spectacle atmosphere we deliver.” — Nobuyuki Sakakibara
The Broadcast Team
The Full Card Order
Full Card 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
RIZIN Bantamweight Grand Prix 1st Round
When: July 30, 2017
Where: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
How: Live on FITE TV for $19.99 at 2 AM ET
In the dead heat of Summer, RIZIN will look to top their spectacular Spring SAKURA event. This cornerstone show will begin a tournament which will carry the promotion through to their incredible, year-end shows. After a dominating performance by top UFC flyweight Kyoji Horiguchi, he was forced to move up in weight and join the SHOOTO bantamweight champion and the DEEP bantamweight champion in an elite grand prix. In addition to the tournament, KING Reina returns to take on the daughter of pro wrestling legend The Barbarian. However, the bout that looks like it will steal the show is kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa fighting equally-hyped Kizaemon Saiga.
Bantamweight Grand Prix Bouts
“It was already announced that in 2017, we will hold a GP at 49 kilograms for the women, but the men's GP will take pace at bantamweight. Motoya is a really strong fighter, however, Horiguchi won with a different dimension of strength, beyond his weight class. I consulted with Horiguchi [after the fight] and told him I want to raise this [bantamweight] division to a drastic degree.” — Nobuyuki Sakakibara after RIZIN 5.
Participants: Kyoji Horiguchi, Keita Ishibashi, Khalid Taha, Takafumi Otsuka, Anthony Birchak, and Hideo Tokoro. There will be eight more combatants announced, two of them are mystery "wildcard" fighters that both get byes into the quarter finals. Will update as more are announced.
RIZIN Atomweight Grand Prix 1st Round
RIZIN Bantamweight Grand Prix 2nd Round
When: October 15, 2017
Ayaka Hamasaki, Mei Yamaguchi, RENA, Miyuu Yamamoto (if she is victorious on 7/30) have been confirmed. Rumored entrants are:, Andy Nguyen, Alyssa Garcia, Hanna Gujwan, Jleana Valentino, Syuri Kondo, Saori Ishioka, and Naho Sugiyama. This tournament will be limited to 8 women. Kanna Asakura will fight Saori Ishioka in DEEP JEWELS to decide which one will participate in the October grand prix.
RIZIN Grands Prix: Quarter Final
When: Dec. 29, 2017
Where: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
RIZIN Grands Prix: Semi-Final & Final
When: Dec. 31, 2017
Where: Where: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan