Rizin Fighting Federation 2016 Grand Prix Opening Round Results
By Edward Carbajal
Rizin Fighting Federation (Rizin FF) featured the opening round of their World Grand Prix this past weekend and long-time, hardcore fans of MMA likely stayed up late to watch the event. Pride Fighting Championship (Pride FC) veterans like "Mirko Cro-Cop" Filipovic must have felt the energy from the days of Pride FC as he did well in his bout, winning by submission and is facing Wanderlei Silva in December.
However there is a lot of new blood in MMA making their run on a world stage, Kyra Batara lost a hard fought decision to Kanaka Murata, but a young man by the name of Kron Gracie put his family’s martial art to the test against the very experienced and exciting Hideo Tokoro and won by submission. He is now 3-0 in MMA and after beating a fighter like Tokoro, he’s probably catching the eyes of other MMA promotions.
Rizin FF 2016 Grand Prix Opening Round Results
Open weight: Gabi Garcia def. Destanie Yarbrough via submission (keylock) – Round 1, 2:42
Strawweight (115): Kanako Murata def. Kyra Batara via unanimous decision
Featherweight (145): Charles Bennett def. Minoru Kimura via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:07
Bantamweight: Erson Yamamoto def. Kizaemon Saiga via split decision
Lightweight: Daron Cruickshank def. Andy Souwer via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:10
Catchweight: Rena Kubota def. Miyuu Yamamoto via submission (front choke) – Round 1, 4:50
Featherweight: Kron Gracie def. Hideo Tokoro via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 9:45
Tournament: Szymon Bajor def. Teodorasu Aukstuolis via unanimous decision
Tournament: Amir Aliakbari def. Joao Almeida via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:25
Tournament: Valentin Moldavsky def. Karl Albrektsson via unanimous decision
Tournament: Jiri Prochazka def. Mark Tanios via unanimous decision
Tournament: Kaito Hoovelson def. Kazuyuki Fujita via unanimous decision
Tournament Bout: Mirko Filipovic def. Hyun Man Myung via submission (arm-triangle) – Round 1, 2:20
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.