Additional bouts added to Rizin Fighting Federation 1
Old school fans of MMA will get a kick out of this one. “Ol’ Iron Head”, Kazuyuki Fujita (15-10) will step in the ring against the Rizin FF Grand Prix tournament runner up, Jiri Prochazka (16-3-1). Former Pride Fighting Championship (Pride FC) president and current Rizin Fighting Federation president, Nobuyuki Sakakibara made the announcement at a press conference with the addition of another bout.
The 45-year-old Fujita fought some of the most memorable matches in Sakakibara’s former promotion and fought some of best fighters that came from Pride FC. He has fought Mark Coleman, Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, and Wanderlei Silva just to name a few. He also holds wins over Ken Shamrock, James Thompson, and “The Smashing Machine” Mark Kerr. He may be tough, but so is his opponent, Prochazka.
Prochazka is 23-years-old and known as a knockout artist since 13 of his 16 wins have come by KO/TKO. Coming off a breakthrough performance in which he scored a first round (1:36) TKO (head kick and knee strikes) of Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii in the quarterfinal stage of the RIZIN FF eight-man Grand Prix elimination tournament on December 29, 2015. He made it to the final stages of the tournament where he earned a first round victory over Vadim Nemkov before meeting Bellator’s Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal and suffered a KO loss.
The additional bout will be Allan Nascimento (14-3) versus Yuki Motoya (15-4,1NC). A flyweight bout that is sure to be a favorite in Japan as Motoya is the current DEEP flyweight champion and number one ranked flyweight in Japan. His well-rounded skill set is sure to frustrate Nascimento who is favored as a grappler and holds most of his wins by submission.
More bouts are coming as well as the announcement of whom Wanderlei Silva’s partner will be in the special rules grappling match.
“Top Presents Rizin Fighting Federation 1” Fight Card
Hisaki Kato vs. Yuta Watanabe
Kazayuki Fujita vs. Jiri Prochazka
Allan Mascimento vs. Yuki Motoya
Kanako Murata vs. TBA
Grappling Tag Match:
Wanderlei Silva, TBA vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, Hideo Tokoro
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.