Yushin Okami Returns to Japan, Meets Ryuta Sakurai in Pride Rematch at Deep 75
Former UFC middleweight title contender Yushin Okami will compete on the Japanese fight circuit for the first time since 2006 when he makes his Deep debut next month.
The organization on Wednesday announced that Okami will square off against Ryuta Sakurai in a rematch of a 2004 bout from Pride FC. The three-round welterweight affair is slated to co-headline “Deep 75 Impact,” which takes place Feb. 27 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
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All ONE Championship Fighters to Move Up a Division After Weight-Cut Ban
ONE Championship recently became the first MMA promotion to ban weight cutting by dehydration. CEO Victor Cui appeared on Fox Sports Asia to talk about the changes and how the fighters on the roster would be affected.
The reception to the ONE Championship announcement that fighters would be forced to fight at their normal weight was overwhelmingly positive. It did raise a number of questions, though; with many people speculating that the existing champions would be stripped of their titles.
Rizin FF Weigh-in Results: Kazushi Sakuraba, Shinya Aoki Given Go-Ahead in Japan
Rizin Fighting Federation 1: Day 1 Weigh-in Results:
Kazushi Sakuraba (171) vs. Shinya Aoki (169.75)
Satoshi Ishii (219) vs. Jiri Prochazka (211.5)
Goran Reljic (215) vs. Vadim Nemkov (219.5)
Teodoras Aukstuolis (216) vs. Bruno Henrique Cappelozza (218)
Muhammed Lawal (214) vs. Brett McDermott (215)
Yuta Uchida (209) vs. Valentin Moldavsky (215)
Hiroyuki Takaya (143) vs. Daiki Hata (143)
Hideo Tokoro (135) vs. Kizaemon Saiga (136)
A.J. Matthews (184) vs. Anatoly Tokov (185)
Yuki Motoya (125) vs. Felipe Efrain (128)
Kirill Sidelnikov (253) vs. Carlos Toyota (259)
Tsuyoshi Kosaka (220.5) vs. James Thompson (291)
ROAD FC 27 in China Results and Recap: Zhang Lipeng wins, Knockout 8-man Tourney
On December 26th, 2015 in Shanghai, China at the Oriental Sports Center, ROAD FC 27 went down to a packed arena. All four quarterfinal matches in the 8-man openweight tournament ended in a knockout, Zhang Lipeng made an impressive promotional debut, and Zhao Zilong made quick work of “Minowaman”.
ROAD FC 27 in China
December 26th, 2015
Oriental Sports Center
Lightweight Match (155lb/-70kg)
Zhang Lipeng (China) vs Hong Young-Ki (Korea)
Winner: Zhang Lipeng via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1R,1:33
Light Heavyweight Match (205lb/-93kg)
Zhao Zilong (China) vs Ikuhisa Minowa “Minowaman” (Japan)
Winner: Zhao Zilong via TKO (Punches) 1R,1:24
Bantamweight Match (135lb/-61.5kg)
Zhao Zhikang (China) vs Choi Mu-Song (Korea)
Winner: Zhao Zhikang via Split Decision (2:1)
Lightweight Match (155lb/-70kg)
Nandin-Erdene (Mongolia) vs Bao Yincang (China)
Winner: Nandin-Erdene via Unanimous Decision (3:0)
Featherweight Match (145lb/-65.5kg)
He Nannan (China) vs Daisaku Tanaka (Japan)
Winner: He Nannan via TKO (Punches) 1R,1:52
Women’s Strawweight Match (115lb/-52kg)
Xiaonan Yan (China) vs Nam Ye-Hyun (Korea)
Winner: Xiaonan Yan via Unanimous Decision (3:0)
Featherweight Match (145lb/-65.5kg)
Choi Jong-Chan (Korea) vs Yibugele (China)
Winner: Choi Jong-Chan via Unanimous Decision (3:0)
*8-man Openweight Tournament Quarterfinals*
Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga (USA) vs Choi Mu-Bae (Korea)
Winner: “Mighty Mo” via TKO (Punches) 1R,3:43
Choi Hong-Man (Korea) vs Luo Quanchao (China)
Winner: Choi Hong-Man via TKO (Retirement) 1R,3:14
Aorigele (China) vs Kim Jae-Hoon (Korea)
Winner: Aorigele via TKO (Punches) 1R,0:24
Myung Hyun-Man (Korea) vs Liang Lingyu (China)
Winner: Myung Hyun-Man via KO (Punch) 1R,0:13
ROAD FC Eliminates “10 Point Must” Scoring System, Announces “Unlimited Points System”
This new judging criteria is merit-based and will provide a more accurate account of a fighter’s performance than the out-dated “10 point must” system. It will reward exciting and aggressive fighters while penalizing those who repeatedly stall or avoid action. The “Unlimited Points System” will deliver the kind of non-stop, thrilling action for which fans are now clamoring.
In this system, points will be awarded for specific action and activity. One point will be given for a clear strike, takedown, near submission, full mont or back mount position, clear control on the ground, and aggression. Five points will be awarded for a knock down.
Penalties will be assessed by the referee. A yellow card for fouls will incur a five point deduction. A blue card worth a two point deduction will be introduced for the purpose of eliminating stalling and avoidance, standing and on the ground.
All points will be accumulated through the entire fight, not round by round, therefore a performance throughout the entire bout will determine the clear winner. The “Unlimited Points System” will be in operation starting at he next event, ROAD FC 027 in China on 26 December.
RIZIN NYE 2015 : ALL Fight Cards are set
Yesterday the last fight card was announced and finally ALL Fight Cards are set for RIZIN 2-days NYE event.
On the first day (29th Dec) the event sub-named “SARABA Fiesta” will be held. RIZIN FF says this will be a day which history of Japanese-MMA scene “to CLOSE” (SARABA means Good-Bye with strong saying). They will create the atmosphere with music and directions once used before (means “PRIDE-era”?) and this event will be a compilation of the past (PRIDE?) events.
On the next day (31st Dec) the event sub-named “IZA (Takeoff) Saltation” will be held. RIZIN FF says this will be a day which will “OPEN the DOOR for future” with special direction no one never seen before on past MMA history. New Japanese MMA history will start with saying “IZA (Let’s start from NOW!)” on the last day of 2015.
On 30th Dec. RIZIN will be held many MMA-related event named “Martial Arts EXPO” (I think it’s like a UFC Fan EXPO.) for free include amateur MMA fights (RIZIN FF amateur challenge 1st), Martial Arts MUSEUM (displaying real-once-used gloves and champion belts etc…) and the weigh-in for “IZA (Takeoff) Saltation” (It will start from 3PM).
ROAD FC Middleweight Champion Riki Fukuda faces Cha Jung-Hwan at ROAD FC 028
Riki Fukuda cut a clear path to the ROAD FC Middleweight Championship in 2014 and 2015. The consummate UFC veteran dispatched all comers to end up on a 4-fight win streak of finishes. Earning the championship belt meant earning a 6-figure paycheck as well, and fans can bet that Riki isn’t willing to relinquish either anytime soon. His grinding aggression will surely be turned up a notch as he meets an unlikely – and tricky – first challenger in Cha Jung-Hwan.
ONE Championship announces full calendar for 2016
One Championship has announced its entire 2016 schedule on Monday.
Starting on Jan. 23, with a fight card at the Changsa Stadium in China, the promotion will hold 14 events next year, including trips to new markets in Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Besides the 14 fight cards announced, the promotion will still put on 10 other shows in China, with dates and locations yet to be announced.
Check out the 2016 ONE Championship schedule below.
January 23: Changsa Stadium, Changsa, China
January 29: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
February 20: Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia
March 18: Thuwanna Indoor Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar
April 15: Malls of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines
May 06: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
May 27: Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand
June 17: Pho Phu Stadium, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam
July 01: Asia-World Expo, Hong Kong, China
August 05: Ntu Sports Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
September 02: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 22: Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia
November 11: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
December 02: Malls of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines
RIZIN announces BARUTO vs. Jérôme Le Banner for 12/31
RIZIN FF has announced the debut of Kaido Höövelson, better known as; BARUTO. He will take on combat sports legend Jérôme Le Banner on December 31.
30-year-old Baruto (0-0) will be making his MMA debut following his run as a sumo-wrestler which gained him popularity in Japan. After suffering some injuries, Höövelson has transitioned to MMA and has trained under the supervision of world class fighters like Peter Aerts and Akira Shoji.
42-year-old combat sports legend Le Banner (3-2-1, 81-22-2 KB) has been fighting professionally for almost 20 years but has not competed in MMA since December of 2010 where he lost to Satoshi Ishii via decision. He went 2-0 in kickboxing this year, including a knockout and a decision. Along with the experience in MMA and kickboxing, Le Banner has an undefeated boxing record at 6-0 w/ five knockouts.
This fight will take place as the co-main event of RIZIN 2, headlined by Fedor Emelianenko, on December 31.
ONE Championship Vice President Rich Franklin issues statement on Chi Lewis-Parry situation
Before he stepped foot into the cage to face Brandon Vera for the inaugural ONE Championship heavyweight title, Chi Lewis-Parry made headlines – for all the wrong reasons.
After failing to submit his medical records and drug test results before the Dec. 11 clash, the undefeated Lewis-Parry was removed from his fight against Vera. None too pleased, Vera ripped Lewis-Parry in a video to his Facebook page (NSFW language).
In the wake of this, ONE Championship Vice President and former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin issued a statement via ONE's Facebook fan page, summarizing the situation and detailing exactly what happened and why.
Brandon Vera meets Cheng, not Lewis Parry, in Friday's ONE Championship 35 title fight
Brandon Vera has a new opponent for Friday’s title fight at ONE Championship 35.
Company president Victor Cui today announced Paul Cheng (5-1) has replaced Chi Lewis Parry (6-0), and he now fights former UFC fighter Vera (13-7) for the organization’s inaugural heavyweight title.
“ONE Championship 35: Spirit of Champions” takes place Dec. 11 in the Philippines at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena. It streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.
Rizin announces heavyweight tournament bracket
The Rizin Fighting Federation heavyweight tournament is set, as the promotion announced Monday the bracket and a reserve bout in a press conference in Tokyo.
Taking place at the Saitama Super Arena, the eight-man grand prix will feature Satoshi Ishii vs. Jiri Prochazka, Teodoras Aukstolos vs. Bruno Cappelozza, Goran Reljic vs. Vadim Nemkov, and Muhammed Lawal against a yet-to-be-announced opponent.
"King Mo", a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, is the only fighter still waiting for an opponent, as Mark Godbeer was forced out due to an injury. Lawal will fight a heavyweight from British promotion BAMMA’s roster, Rizin officials announced.
In the reserve bout, Valentin Moldavsky takes on Yuta Uchida. The tournament will begin on Dec. 29 and will be completed on Dec. 31.
Satoshi Ishii Joins Rizin 8-Man Heavyweight Grand Prix; Mark Godbeer Out with Injury
Japanese judoka-turned-fighter Satoshi Ishii will take part in Rizin Fighting Federation’s inaugural eight-man heavyweight tournament.
Ishii revealed his participation on Saturday via Twitter, and Rizin confirmed the announcement on Monday with a formal announcement. Rizin also announced the withdrawal of England’s Mark Godbeer, who suffered a neck injury in training; Godbeer will be replaced by another representative from British promoter BAMMA.
The 2015 Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix launches Dec. 29 and concludes Dec. 31 as part of Rizin’s multi-day New Year’s Eve festivities in Saitama, Japan. Other fighters confirmed for the opening round are “King” Mo Lawal (U.S.), Vadim Nemkov (Russia), Goran Reljic (Croatia), Bruno Henrique Cappelozza (Brazil) and Teodoras Aukstuolis (Lithuania).
Satoko Shinashi Submits Hee Da Choi At Deep: 73 Impact
Reigning Deep Women’s Flyweight Champion “Princess” Satoko Shinashi earned her sixth straight stoppage win on Saturday night at Deep: “73 Impact” in Tokyo, Japan. The diminutive grappler submitted South Korean pro debutant Hee Da Choi in a back-and-forth 44kg matchup on the card.
Shinashi has drawn criticism for taking on inexperienced opponents since returning to the ring this past October following a six-year retirement. Her bout with Choi was more competitive than many had predicted, but Shinashi secured a fight-ending rear-naked choke midway through the second round.
Narantungalag and Gafurov to unify featherweight titles at ONE Championship 35
The ONE Championship featherweight titles will be unified at ONE Championship 35 in China.
Officials today announced reigning champion Jadamba Narantungalag (10-3) and undefeated interim titleholder Marat Gafurov (12-0) will meet at next month’s event.
ONE Championship 35 takes place Nov. 21 at Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium in Beijing. The event is expected to stream as an online pay-per-view in North America.