RIZIN 12/29 & 12/31: Kron Gracie vs Arsen Yamamoto Confirmed

At the RIZIN press conference held on Monday. (from left to right) Rickson Gracie, life-size panel of Kron Gracie, Arsen Yamamoto, and Ikuei Yamamoto

At the RIZIN press conference held on Monday. (from left to right) Rickson Gracie, life-size panel of Kron Gracie, Arsen Yamamoto, and Ikuei YamamotoRIZIN FF held a press conference in Tokyo on Monday and announced another fight for the upcoming RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GRAND-PRIX 2015 scheduled to be held at Saitama Super Arena from December 29th to 31st.

Kron Gracie, 2013 ADCC world champion, will take on Arsen Yamamoto, a 19-year greco-roman prodigy that won 2013 FILA Cadet World Wrestling Championship. This fight will be held at 66 kg / 145 lbs & under.

Kron is a 27-year old and the second son of Rickson Gracie. He is the BJJ black belt that defeated Shinya Aoki in Metamoris. Kron made a pro MMA debut in Japan last year and tapped out Hyung Soo Kim in just 65 seconds.

Arsen's mother is a former world wrestling champion Miyu Yamamoto. His father is PRIDE / UFC veteran Enson Inoue. His grand father, Ikuei Yamamoto, also was a wrestler that placed seventh in Munich Olympic Games. His uncle is an UFC fighter Norifumi KID Yamamoto, and his aunt is a former wrestling world champion Seiko Yamamoto that is currently married to MLB pitcher Yu Darvish. So the entire family is a celebrity in Japan.

Arsen is a bright young hope of this wrestling elite family. Started to train wrestling at age four, and this year, Arsen just placed third in Junior Olympic at 66 kg & Under division.

Kron didn't make it to the press conference, but sent a message via video, "Arsen was raised in the family of wrestlers, his cousin is KID Yamamoto, and he is also very talented. He is in a similar environment as myself. But, I am not fighting my opponent. Its always a battle with my own mind."

After this video, Arsen immediately replied, "I guess he is saying he will fight using his brain but I will fight with my heart. I will do my best to crash him."

And, he followed, "When I was a kid I used to go watch my father's fight, so as UFC too, so I was raised by kakutougi, and my base is wrestling but I really like MMA too."

But apparently he is not switching to MMA completely, "Still, my dream is to compete in 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games though".

RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GRAND-PRIX 2015
December 29th & December 31st
At Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Doors Open – 13:30
Fight Starts – 15:00
(both days)

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

31st –

66 Kg  / 145 lbs & Under Bout 10 min / 1R 5 min / 2 & 3 R
Kron Gracie (Brazil) vs Arsen Yamamoto (Japan / GSA)

29th –

10 min / 1R 5 min / 2 & 3 R
Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan / Freelance) vs Shinya Aoki (Japan / Evolve MMA)
*contract weight will be announced on a later date.

Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round Bouts

31st –

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Fina & Final

29th or 31st (date of these fights will be determined later):

65 Kg / 143.29 lbs & Under Bout 10 min / 1R, 5 min / 2 & 3R
Hiroyuki Takaya (Japan / Takaya Gundan) vs DJ taiki (Japan / / Freelance)

56.7 Kg / 125 lbs & Under Bout 10 min / 1R, 5 min / 2 & 3R
Yuki Motoya (Japan / CM IMPACT) vs Jo Nam-Jin (Korea / TEAM MAD)

72 Kg / 158.7 lbs & Under Bout 10 min / 1R, 5 min / 2 & 3R
Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima (Japan / Sakigake-juku) vs Andy Souwer (Holland / Team Souwer)

Woman's 51 kg / 112.43 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
RENA (Japan / Cesar Gym) vs Jleana Valentino (Italy / Team Leone Petrosyan)

Confirmed to Fight:
Emelianenko Fedor (Russia)
Gabi Garcia (Brazil)
Hoovelson Kaido (Estonia)

Ticket Prices:
VVIP – 300,000 yen
VIP – 100, 000 yen
SRS – 30,000 yen
RS – 18,000 yen
S – 9,000 yen
A – 6,000 yen
*For 29th & 31st package prices:
VIP – 150,000 yen
SRS – 45,000 yen
RS – 28,000 yen
*ticket required from a one-year old.

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)