On Friday, RIZIN held press conference in Tokyo.
No fight cards were announced but RIZIN revealed Tatsuya Kawajiri, RENA, Tenshin Nasukawa, and Kizaemon Saiga will be fighting in the upcoming April 16th show.
In addition, RIZIN announced that there is going to be two GP this year. 16-men and 8-women tournament starting from fall.
Still undecided on the weight classes but for men, its going to be lightweight or below, and for women, since RENA is at 105 and Gabi Garcia fight at open-weight so those two weight classes are being considered.
Opening rounds will be held sometime between end of September to beginning of October. The semi-finals and final will be held on Dec 29th and 31st.
For the upcoming April 16th and July 30th Saitama Super Arena show we can expect RIZIN to have bunch of qualifying bouts for this GP.
Also, RIZIN head Nobuyuki Sakakibara will be in US for about ten days to sign new fighters and these fighters will be announced at the press conference scheduled in the beginning of March.
RIZIN 2017 IN YOKOHAMA
Sunday, April 16th, 2017
At Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa, Japan
Doors Open – 13:30
Fight Starts – 15:00
Tatsuya Kawajiri (Japan / T-BLOOD)
RENA (Japan / Cesar Gym)
Kizaemon Saiga (Japan / Me, We)
Teshin Nasukawa (Japan / Team Tenshin)
report by Shu Hirata
photo courtesy of Bout Reivew (www.boutreview.com)