The card is set for Rizin FF’s fifth event with Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. fellow UFC vet Anthony Birchak headlining. Rizin FF 5 takes place April 16th at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan wit a live webstream at 3 PM ET at Fite TV (www.fite.tv).
Thirty-eight year-old Tatsuya Kawajiri is not the same fighter he was when he was Shooto champion and Pride tournament finalist in 2005. Kawajiri’s UFC run which lasted just over two years resulted in a 3-3 stretch of his 35-11-2 record with his Octagon time ending after losses to Dennis Bermudez and Cub Swanson. After leaving the UFC Kawajiri made his Rizin debut where he lost to Kron Gracie by rear-naked choke in December’s NYE event. Anthony Birchak went 2-2 in the UFC with wins over Joe Soto and Dileno Lopes to go with losses to Ian Entwistle and Thomas Almeida, the Lopes fight being his most recent coming in July of last year.
In what is billed as the co-main event but is actually the eighth fight on the card Rena Kubota attempts to stay undefeated as she takes on Dora Perjes. Rena enters this bout 3-0 with all three being in Rizin with a KO of Hanna Gujwan being her most recent from the NYE show. Perjes stands 7-1 with her only loss coming in her last fight, a unanimous decision against Vuokko Katainen in March 2015.
- Seiichiro Ito vs. Kizaemon Saiga
- Kanna Asakura vs. Alessandra Toncheva
- Saori Ishioka vs. Bestare Kicaj
- Daron Cruickshank vs. Yusuke Yachi
- Jazzy Gabbert vs. Reina Miura
- Heath Herring vs. Satoshi Ishii
- Francesco Ghigliotti vs. Tenshin Nasukawa
- Rena Kubota vs. Dora Perjes
- Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Yuki Motoya
- Amir Aliakbari vs. Geronimo dos Santos
- Anthony Birchak vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri