Mirko Cro Cop wins Rizin World GP

Rizin Fighting World returned to the Saitama Super Arena on 31 December with a packed audience lining up to see Mirko Cro Cop face Baruto.

Amir Aliakbari also faced Valentin Moldavsky to decide the finalist of the 2016 Grand Prix.

Tenshin Nasukawa had a fight only two days before with much taping on his elbow took Kawika Oligo from America. Though there were few data about Oligo… he was good at striking I think … was subbed with arm-triangle choke by Nasukawa. Nasukawa got 2 wins in 2 days.

As I wrote Mirko had an injury with his foot and one more to say… can you see a bruise on his right eye? He got punches from King Mo. In contrast BARUTO seemed no injuries. But Mirko punched and knee-kicked to BARUTO’s fatty body strongly and got KO! BARUTO should change his body to compete in MMA… especially his berry. (of course I know he has a strength of Sumo and he wants to use it.)

Amir and Valentin showed us a heavy weight MMA fight and Amir advanced to the final.

Once Gabi Garcia’ opponent was Shinobu Kandori former Judo-ka, pro wreslter and a Diet member but she got injury with her libs during her training so the opponent changed to the current Pro-wreslert Yumiko Hotta… She is known to have a base of Karate. But Hotta didn’t match to Gabi. Not at all. Gabi easily pounded-out Hotta.

After this fight a big German women came into the ring and started to appeal to fight with Gabi. She said her name as “Alpha Female” and sent a challenge to Gabi. Of course other Japanese women pro wrestlers… include Kandori didn’t know her appearance so there were confusions and some small battles in the ring.

Gabi, “Alpha Female”r and Japanese women pro-wrestlers… how their competition will go? Here RIZIN is a MMA company.

Miyuu Yamamoto… former Olympic amateur wrestler and struggling to have first win in MMA took current KOTC(King of the Cage) Atom-weight champion Andy Nguyen from KARATE MAFIA,USA. I think before this fight Andy well prepared to take part in RIZIN… for example her brilliant yellow PIKA-CHU costume at weigh-in, dancing skill at entering to the ring, her make-up and costume at the official RIZIN events (she didn’t ware in same costume at every events!) …and her ground techniques.

In Japanese MMA featured TV Program (Fujiyama Fight Club) she was introduced as a cheerful and warlike striker so I think Yamamoto’s team prepared well for her striking well but in their fight Andy subbed Yamamoto with arm-bar easily. (Sorry to say “easily”)

Japanese young female SHOOT BOXING fighter RENA took Hanna Tyson who has shinny smiles and big arm from Poland. RENA struggled Hanna’s strong punches and kicks thru 2 rounds. But RENA used her longer reach and kicked to Hanna’s body with her tiptoe. (jabbing her tiptoe to Hanna’s stomach!)

A RIZIN star Hideo Tokoro took also a young RIZIN star Erson Yamamoto. But Erson was easily subbed with arm-bar by Tokoro. It is also said to his mother Miyuu Yamamoto…their base is amateur wrestling and they trained striking well. They should set to master to finish with the ground fight except GnP like Jiu-Jitsu fighter as a next target.

Recently we heard ver sad news Remigijus Morkevicius, former ZST ,Hero’s and K-1 MAX fighter from Lithuania was killed by shot at the age of 34… It was just 10 days ago… Tokoro and his mates trained and competed with Remigijus Morkevicius. (Can you see the letter “REMIGIJUS” on his T-Shirt?)

Tokoro entered with wearing his T-Shirt and he said “Please do not forget himself…Remigijus Morkevicius (as well as Tomoya Miyashita).” He will fight with their soul. Forever.

Former PRIDE and DREAM and UFC fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri returned to Japanese MMA scene again with a big desire for Japanese MMA. On the other hand Kron Gracie fought and won against Hideo Tokoro 3 months ago. His opponent was set a strong Japanese MMA fighters in a row.

It’s sorry to say that Kawajiri couldn’t match Kron at all though he had experienced 2 and half years’ UFC competition … Kron pulled Kawajiri into ground fight 3 times and finally subbed with rear naked choke. It was a cruel truth and it reminded me the PRIDE-era. PRIDE had many many cruel results (sometimes BAD-END) and that’s why PRIDE was so attractive for us.

Finally Mirko Cro Cop with 1 tough fight and 1 quick fight VS Amir Aliakbari with 2 tough fights was held as a final round and main event of the night.

I think Amir has more stamina than Mirko and Mirko had already injured with his foot so Mirco wanted to finish him quickly. It was NOT a same situation like the final round at PRIDE Open Weight GP (Josh Barnett was so exhausted and Mirko was not.). Mirko’s team confessed that he couldn’t use kicks at press conference after the fight.

Amir advanced forward with his huge body to the corner like BARUTO. But Mirko threw jab and hook to Amir and finally aimed Amir’s face (eyes?) with his punch. Amir downed and finally referee stopped the fight.

Mirko Cro Cop won this tournament with tough fights.

Fight Results – RED CORNER/BLUE CORNER
11th Fight (as RIZIN Tournament FINAL / 5min x 3)
Mirko Cro Cop (Cro Cop Top TEAM A) VS Amir Aliakbari (AKA Thailand)
Mirko won by KO at 1R 2’02”.

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RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GP 2016 FINAL ROUND
Date:2016.12.31 (Saturday)
Time:15:00-20:15
Place:Saitama Super Arena
URL: http://jp.rizinff.com/_ct/17026860
https://eversport.tv/fight-sports/rizin/2016/12/31/final-round-world-gp-2016

 

RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GP 2016 FINAL ROUND took place on 31 December 2016 at Saitama Super Arena with 19,357 attendance.

Tenshin Nasukawa… had a fight only 2 days before… with much taping on his elbow took Kawika Oligo from America. Though there were few data about Oligo… he was good at striking I think … was subbed with arm-triangle choke by Nasukawa. Nasukawa got 2 wins in 2 days.

[Mirko Cro Cop VS BARUTO] and [Amir Aliakbari VS Valentin Moldavsky] were held to decide the finalist of this Grand Prix.

As I wrote Mirko had an injury with his foot and one more to say… can you see a bruise on his right eye? He got punches from King Mo. In contrast BARUTO seemed no injuries. But Mirko punched and knee-kicked to BARUTO’s fatty body strongly and got KO! BARUTO should change his body to compete in MMA… especially his berry. (of course I know he has a strength of Sumo and he wants to use it.)

Amir and Valentin showed us a heavy weight MMA fight and Amir advanced to the final.

Once Gabi Garcia’ opponent was Shinobu Kandori former Judo-ka, pro wreslter and a Diet member but she got injury with her libs during her training so the opponent changed to the current Pro-wreslert Yumiko Hotta… She is known to have a base of Karate. But Hotta didn’t match to Gabi. Not at all. Gabi easily pounded-out Hotta.

After this fight a big German women came into the ring and started to appeal to fight with Gabi. She said her name as “Alpha Female” and sent a challenge to Gabi. Of course other Japanese women pro wrestlers… include Kandori didn’t know her appearance so there were confusions and some small battles in the ring.

Gabi, “Alpha Female”r and Japanese women pro-wrestlers… how their competition will go? Here RIZIN is a MMA company.

Miyuu Yamamoto… former Olympic amateur wrestler and strrugling to have first win in MMA took current KOTC(King of the Cage) Atom-weight champion Andy Nguyen from KARATE MAFIA,USA. I think before this fight Andy well prepared to take part in RIZIN… for example her brilliant yellow PIKA-CHU costume at weigh-in, dancing skill at entering to the ring, her make-up and costume at the official RIZIN events (she didn’t ware in same costume at every events!) …and her ground techniques.

In Japanese MMA featured TV Program (Fujiyama Fight Club) she was introduced as a cheerful and warlike striker so I think Yamamoto’s team prepared well for her striking well but in their fight Andy subbed Yamamoto with arm-bar easily. (Sorry to say “easily”)

I think Andy Nguyen will match RIZIN scene well with her MMA and showmanship.

Japanese young female SHOOT BOXING fighter RENA took Hanna Tyson who has shinny smiles and big arm from Poland. RENA struggled Hanna’s strong punches and kicks thru 2 rounds. But RENA used her longer reach and kicked to Hanna’s body with her tiptoe. (jabbing her tiptoe to Hanna’s stomach!)

A RIZIN star Hideo Tokoro took also a young RIZIN star Erson Yamamoto. But Erson was easily subbed with arm-bar by Tokoro. It is also said to his mother Miyuu Yamamoto…their base is amateur wrestling and they trained striking well. They should set to master to finish with the ground fight except GnP like Jiu-Jitsu fighter as a next target.

Recently we heard ver sad news Remigijus Morkevicius, former ZST ,Hero’s and K-1 MAX fighter from Lithuania was killed by shot at the age of 34… It was just 10 days ago… Tokoro and his mates trained and competed with Remigijus Morkevicius. (Can you see the letter “REMIGIJUS” on his T-Shirt?)

Tokoro entered with wearing his T-Shirt and he said “Please do not forget himself…Remigijus Morkevicius (as well as Tomoya Miyashita).” He will fight with their soul. Forever.

Former PRIDE and DREAM and UFC fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri returned to Japanese MMA scene again with a big desire for Japanese MMA. On the other hand Kron Gracie fought and won against Hideo Tokoro 3 months ago. His opponent was set a strong Japanese MMA fighters in a row.

It’s sorry to say that Kawajiri couldn’t match Kron at all though he had experienced 2 and half years’ UFC competition … Kron pulled Kawajiri into ground fight 3 times and finally subbed with rear naked choke. It was a cruel truth and it reminded me the PRIDE-era. PRIDE had many many cruel results (sometimes BAD-END) and that’s why PRIDE was so attractive for us.

Finally Mirko Cro Cop with 1 tough fight and 1 quick fight VS Amir Aliakbari with 2 tough fights was held as a final round and main event of the night.

I think Amir has more stamina than Mirko and Mirko had already injured with his foot so Mirco wanted to finish him quickly. It was NOT a same situation like the final round at PRIDE Open Weight GP (Josh Barnett was so exhausted and Mirko was not.). Mirko’s team confessed that he couldn’t use kicks at press conference after the fight.

Amir advanced forward with his huge body to the corner like BARUTO. But Mirko threw jab and hook to Amir and finally aimed Amir’s face (eyes?) with his punch. Amir downed and finally referee stopped the fight.

Mirko Cro Cop won this tournament with tough fights.

Fight Results – RED CORNER/BLUE CORNER
11th Fight (as RIZIN Tournament FINAL / 5min x 3)
Mirko Cro Cop (Cro Cop Top TEAM A) VS Amir Aliakbari (AKA Thailand)
Mirko won by KO at 1R 2’02”.

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10th Fight (Special One Match / 10min-5min-5min)
Tatsuya Kawajiri (T-Blood) VS Kron Gracie (Kron Gracie Jiu Jitsu)
Kron won by Rear Naked Choke at 2R 2’04”.

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9th Fight (Special One Match / 10min-5min)
Hideo Tokoro (Reversal Gym Musashikosugi PLUS) VS Erson Yamamoto (KRAZY BEE)
Tokoro won by Arm-bar at 1R 1’19”.

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Erson Yamamoto threw his transparent arrow to the opponent before fight like Muay Thai fighter.

8th Fight (Special One Match / 3min x 3)
RENA (Seaser SHOOT BOXING GYM) VS Hanna Tyson (UFN TEAM)
RENA won by TKO at 3R 2’47”.

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7th Fight (Special One Match / 5min x 3)
Andy Nguyen (KARATE MAFIA) VS Miyuu Yamamoto (KRAZY BEE)
Andy won by Arm-bar at 1R 4’42”.

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6th Fight (Special One Match / 10min-5min)
Kizaemon Saiga (Reversal Gym Shinjyuku Me,We) VS Dillin West (Gym 01)
Saiga won by TKO at 1R 2’03”.

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5th Fight (Special One Match / 5min x 3)
Gabi Garcia (KINGS MMA/TEAM ALLIANCE) VS Yumiko Hotta (FREE)
Gabi won by TKO at 1R 0’41”.

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4th Fight (Special One Match / 10min-5min)
Sakurai “MACH” Hayato (MACH Dojo) VS Wataru Sakata (FREE)
Sakurai won by TKO at 2R 2’37”.

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She is Eiko Koike, the famous actress as well as Sakata’s wife. Sakata was once a famous fighter and Pro-Wrestler (Do you remember pro-wrestling,HUSTLE run by Dream Stage Entertainment…which run PRIDE also?) but recently he didn’t do anything like professional work. Complaining Eiko-san wanted him to make a PERIOD as a fighter to go forward for future so Eiko-san asked Takeda-San to make an opportunity for Sakata-san to fight. How will Sakata fight with this situation.This is the side story for this fight.

These movies were broadcasted before fight with huge-screen in the arena and fans watched them like a movie to know background for the fight. These movies are call “Agitation VTR” and it is a characteristic of Japanese MMA. It makes a fight into a “Work… sometimes masterpiece”.

This is one of the MYTH of Japanese MMA.

Wataru Sakata said he will officially retire from a fighter via twitter.

3rd Fight (as RIZIN Tournament 2nd Round / 5min x 2)
Amir Aliakbari (AKA Thailand) VS Valentin Moldavsky (Russian MMA UNION)
Amir won by 2-1/Decision.

2nd Fight (as RIZIN Tournament 2nd Round / 5min x 2)
Mirko Cro Cop (Cro Cop Team A) VS BARUTO (Team BARUTO)
Mirko won by KO at 1R 0’49”.

1st Fight (Special One Match / 3min x 3)
Tenshin Nasukawa (Team Tenshin) VS Kawika Oligo (FREE)
Nasukawa won by Arm Triangle Choke at 2R 0’37”.