The ladies competing at RIZIN FF
By Edward Carbajal
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been having a great year all around. Within MMA, women have been fighting for some time and probably have progressed faster than they have in boxing. It should be no surprise that most promotions are looking to add women to their rosters and RIZIN Fighting Federation (RIZIN FF) is doing just that for their upcoming Grand Prix on September 25.
Here are the matches featuring some of MMA’s toughest women:
Heavyweight: Gabi Garcia vs. Destanie Yarbrough
Strawweight: Kanako Murata vs. Kyra Batara
Rena Kubota vs. Miyuu Yamamoto
Garcia made her RIZIN FF debut in their inaugural event last January and earned her first win with the promotion. In the strawweight bout you may notice a familiar name fighting from the US, Kyra Batara. Batara was due to fight earlier this month where she regularly competes at Combate Americas but had to withdraw due to injury.
That final bout between Kubota and Yamamoto should be interesting for fight fans. Miyuu is the daughter of Olympic wrestler Ikuei Yamamoto and elder sister of MMA superstar and 2005 K-1 HERO’s Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, the 5-foot-1, 42-year-old Miyuu of Kanagawa, Japan will enter a new chapter in her career and family legacy when she steps in the RIZIN FF squared circle for the first time.
Her opponent is a three-time shoot boxing tournament champion who boasts a stellar, career kickboxing record of 25-5-1 (6 KO’s). She made her RIZIN FF debut the same night Garcia did and submitted Jleana Valentino with a flying arm bar in the second round.
RIZIN FF is run by former president of Pride Fighting Championships (Pride FC) Nobuyuki Sakakibara and looks like they are trying to be the second coming of the now defunct Japanese promotion. With there the sport is going and how long it has come, this is a very good thing and should be an exciting night of fights.
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.