The RIZIN FF World Grand Prix returns tonight for the second round of the bantamweight grand prix which features a number of notable fighters. It is the first of two events which is part of the promotion’s two-day New Year’s Eve spectacular.
If you have never watched a Japanese MMA event before, you will be in for a treat.
The most notable participants in the Bantamweight World Grand Prix quarter finals are UFC veterans and former title challengers Ian McCall and Kyoji Horiguchi. Horiguchi will take on Gabriel Oliveira, while McCall faces off against Manel Kape.
The other matchups include Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Kevin Petshi and Takafumi Tosuka vs. Khalid Taha. In the reserve bout,Anthony Birchak takes on Jae Hoon Moon.
The most intriguing matchup on the preliminary card is a women’s bout between Cindy Dandois and the enigmatic “King” Reina. There’s also a freak show bout scheduled between Gabi Garcia and 53-year-old Shinobu Kandori, but that bout is in jeopardy after Garcia weighed in 27 pounds over the weight limit. If the bout were to go on, she would outweigh her opponent by more than 70 pounds.
All of the information you need to catch the action can be seen below:
Date: Friday, Dec. 29
Start Time: 1:00 a.m. ET
Location: Saitama, Japan
Venue: Saitama Super Arena
TV Info: Fite TV
Live Stream: Stream 1
Rizin FF 8: World Grand Prix 2nd Round Fight Card
- Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Gabriel Oliveira (BWGP quarter-final)
- Manel Kape vs. Ian McCall (BWGP quarter-final)
- Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Kevin Petshi (BWGP quarter-final)
- Takafumi Otsuka vs. Khalid Taha (BWGP quarter-final)
Gabi Garcia vs. Shinobu Kandori
- Karl Albrektsson vs. Jiri Prochazka
- Cindy Dandois vs. Reina Miura
- Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Baataryn Azjavkhaln
- Anthony Birchak vs. Jae Hoon Moon (BWGP reserve bout)
- Kai Asakura vs. Kizaemon Saiga
- Shizuka Sugiyama vs. Kana Watanabe
- Satoru Kitaoka vs. Kiichi Kunimoto