RIZIN had a press conference yesterday from 1:30PM at Roppongi-Hills Club (https://www.roppongihillsclub.com/visitor/dfw/rhc/en/)… very high-society place in Tokyo…
and RIZIN announced their plan of Open Weight tournament named
“RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GRAND-PRIX 2016“.
There were 3 announcements.
1st. RIZIN will have 3 events this year.
on 25th Sep(Sun) at Saitama-Super Arena as “1st Round” of the tournament. (will on air with FUJI-TV. Yey!)
on 29th Dec(Thu) at Saitama Super Arena as “2nd Round” of the tournament.
on 31th Dec(Sat) at Saitama Super Arena as “Final Round” of the tournament.
*Saitama Super Arena had been under construction for renewal and some mending from 2016.2.15 to 2016.5.15. So we will see the new version of Saitama Super Arena!
2nd. Some details of this OWGP Tournament.
(2 images are from Homepage of RIZIN FF)
16 fighters will be take part in this tournament and 4 of 16 fighters are
and “Kazuyuki Fujita VS Baruto” will take place on 25th Sep. Mirko CroCop will fight for 1st round on 25th Sep and the opponent is not fixed. Wanderlei Silva will be seeded to 2nd round on 29th Dec.
Before flying to Japan Mirko CroCop upload his story for this tournament with “Cro Cop-Looking for for Pokémon”. 🙂
-it’s from Mirko Cro Cop Filipović Official YouTube Channel.
For the other 12 fighters RIZIN solicits opinions from the public via Twitter widely and
we can send our opinion with “#rizin2016” hash-tagging. For your reference RIZIN
has a list for candidate and disclosed on their page.(http://jp.rizinff.com/_ct/16978341 Only Japanese)
*ANDREAS KRANIOTAKES from German MMA Championship
*AMIR ALIAKBARI from Full Metal Dojo
*MARK GODBEER from BAMMA
*JIRI PROCHAZKA from FUSION FN
*Coming soon… from Bellator
*Coming soon… from UNION MMA of Russia
*Coming soon… from JUNGLE FIGHT
*Coming soon… from Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
*MARK TANIOS from CEDAR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP
*MALIK MERAD from SPARTACUS FIGHTING VHAMPIONSHIP
*ADRIAN PREDA from Romanian Xtreme Fighting
*TEODORAS AUKUSTUOLIS from MMA Bushido
*Coming soon… from ROAD Fighting Championship
*KARL ALBREKTSSON from International Ring Fighting Arena
*Coming soon… from EAGLES FC
*Coming soon… from HEX Fight Series
*Coming Soon… from KUNLUN Fight
*Coming soon… from SAMRAI Fight Combat
*Coming soon… from KHK MMA
<End of list>
3rd. Some details of “1st Round” (http://jp.rizinff.com/_ct/16978364 Only Japanese)
3 fights were announced for the event on 25th Sep(Sun).
*Andy Souwer VS Darren Cruickshank (71kg limit) … Good Match-up!
*Kron Gracie VS Hideo Tokoro (68kg limit) … Also Good Match-up!
*Kizaemon Saiga VS Arsen Yamamoto (Catch Weight) … Yes! I wanna watch!
…and 6 fights will be added as “1st Round”. (16 fighters to 8 fighters. for “2nd Round”)
The following images are from my cellular phone. (could watch very clearly and smoothly.)