Rizin FF announces Wanderlei Silva's partner
By Edward Carbajal
Rizin Fighting Federation (Rizin FF) announced who will be tagging up with Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC) in the promotions unique tag-team grappling match on April 17. Kiyoshi Tamura (32-13-3) will be with Silva and are set to face Kazushi Sakuraba and Hideo Tokoro.
Tamura last saw action in 2008 at K-1 Dynamite where he was able to pull off a win against Sakuraba by decision. He also was able to beat Tokoro in 2007 at another K-1 event where he was able to submit the younger fighter in round three. The rivalry is certainly there and should pose for an interesting event given the notoriety all four men hold in Japan.
See the updated card below:
Updated Rizin Fighting Federation 1 card
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Jiri Prochazka
Daron Cruickshank vs. Shinji Sasaki
Chris "Huggy Bear" Barnett vs. Kirill Sidelnikov
Hisaki Kato vs. Yuta Watanabe
Allan Nascimento vs. Yuki Motoya
Gabi Garcia vs. Anna Malyukova
Jaideep Singh vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis
Vadim Nemkov vs. Karl Albrektsson
Kanako Murata vs. Natalya Denisova
Grappling Tag Match:
Wanderlei Silva, Kiyoshi Tamura 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.