RIZIN – 12/31/2017: Gomi vs Yachi confirmed

Yusuke Yachi, Nobuhiko Takada, and Takanori Gomi

RIZIN held press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday and announced Takanori Gomi vs Yusuke Yachi at 73 kg & under on December 31st.

RIZIN head Nobuyuki Sakakibara began by saying “He lost in September UFC event so I believe he wanted to make sure he can be in the proper fight shape by New Year’s Eve before signing with us.”

In regards to the contract weight, “Gomi was fighting at 73 kilo in PRIDE and he said this is the best weight for him and Yachi had no problem with this so we decided to do this fight at 73.”

Yachi was the next one to talk, “To me Gomi is a hero. I used to watch him fighting when I was in the junior high school. I began training MMA because I was inspired by Gomi so I am very honored to be able to fight him on New Year’s Eve.”

Yachi looked very pumped up for this fight but Gomi sounded totally opposite, “Well, I will try hard. I am going to train hard so I can be in the good condition for this fight. That’s about it.”

Sunday, December 31st, 2017
At Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Doors Open – 13:30
Fight Starts – 15:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

120 Kg &Uder Bout 1R / 10 min / 2R / 5 min
Mirko Cro-Cop (Croatia / Cro-Cop Top Team) vs Tsuyoshi “TK” Kosaka (Japan / ALLIANCE)

RIZIN Women’s Super-Atomweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout 5 min / 3R
RENA (Japan / Shoot Boxing) vs  (Spain / )

RIZIN Women’s Super-Atomweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout 5 min / 3R
Kanna Asakura (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Maria Oliveira (Brazil / Parana Vale Tudo)

Women’s Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shinju Nozawa Auclair (USA / ) vs Chelsea La Grasse (USA / Lancaster Academy of MMA)

73 Kg & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Takanori Gomi (Japan / Higashi Rinkan Rascal Gym) vs Yusuke Yachi (Japan / KRAZY BEE)


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