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2016 in Rizin Fighting Federation

The year 2016 was the 2nd year in the history of the Rizin Fighting Federation, a mixed martial arts promotion based in Japan. 2016 started with Rizin Fighting Federation 1. It started broadcasting through a television agreement with Fuji Television.

2016 in Rizin Fighting Federation
Information
First dateApril 17
Last dateDecember 31
Events
Total events4
Fights
Chronology
2015 in Rizin Fighting Federation 2016 in Rizin Fighting Federation 2017 in Rizin Fighting Federation

BackgroundEdit

On July 16, 2016 Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced at a press conference that Rizin Fighting Federation will host a 16-man openweight tournament September 25 in Tokyo. 2006 Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix Champion Mirko Cro Cop and former PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva to participate in the tournament.

This tournament was included Pride FC veterans like Kazuyuki Fujita, Tsuyoshi Kosaka, Heath Herring, Sumo sensation Baruto Kaito, world class wrestler Amir Aliakbari, and Rizin GP 2015 winner King Mo

Cro Cop won the championship.

List of eventsEdit

# Event Date Venue Location Attendance
1 Rizin 1 April 17, 2016 Nippon Gaishi Hall   Nagoya, Japan 7,291
2 Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 1st Round September 25, 2016 Saitama Super Arena   Saitama, Japan 15,011
3 Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 2nd Round December 29, 2016 Saitama Super Arena   Saitama, Japan 16,642
4 Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: Final Round December 31, 2016 Saitama Super Arena   Saitama, Japan 19,357

Rizin Openweight Grand Prix 2016 bracketEdit

1st Round
Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 1st Round
2nd Round
Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 2nd Round
Semifinals
Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round
Final
Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round
        
  Wanderlei Silva
BYE
  Muhammed Lawal26:41
  Mirko Cro Cop TKO
  Mirko Cro Cop SUB
  Hyun Man Myung 2:20
  Mirko Cro Cop TKO
  Baruto Kaito 0:49
  Baruto Kaito DEC
  Kazuyuki Fujita 10:00
  Baruto Kaito DEC
  Tsuyoshi Kohsaka110:00
  Jiří Procházka DEC
  Mark Tanios 10:00
  Mirko Cro Cop KO
  Amir Aliakbari 2:03
  João Almeida 2:25
  Amir Aliakbari TKO
  Amir Aliakbari DEC
  Heath Herring310:00
  Shane Carwin
BYE
  Amir Aliakbari DEC
  Valentin Moldavsky 10:00
  Valentin Moldavsky DEC
  Karl Albrektsson 10:00
  Valentin Moldavsky DEC
  Szymon Bajor 10:00
  Szymon Bajor DEC
  Teodoras Aukštuolis 15:00

1Jiří Procházka was injured and couldn't participate in the second round of the Grand Prix, and was subsequently replaced by Tsuyoshi Kohsaka.

2Wanderlei Silva retired from the tournament, was replaced by Muhammed Lawal.

3Shane Carwin withdrew from the tournament, was replaced by Heath Herring.

Rizin 1Edit

Rizin Fighting Federation 1
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateApril 17, 2016
VenueNippon Gaishi Hall
City  Nagoya, Japan
Event chronology
Rizin World Grand-Prix 2015:Part 2 - Iza Rizin Fighting Federation 1 Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 1st Round

Rizin Fighting Federation 1 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on April 4, 2016 at the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan.

ResultsEdit

Fight Card
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Catchweight 110 kg   Jiří Procházka def.   Kazuyuki Fujita KO (Punch) 1 3:33
Light Heavyweight 93 kg   Karl Albrektsson def.   Vadim Nemkov Decision (Split) 3 20:00
Catchweight 98 kg   Teodoras Aukštuolis def.   Singh Jaideep Decision (Unanimous) 3 20:00
Female Openweight   Gabi Garcia def.   Anna Maliukova Submission (Armbar) 2 7:05
Tag Team Grappling Match   Kazushi Sakuraba /   Hideo Tokoro vs.   Wanderlei Silva /   Kiyoshi Tamura Draw 1 15:00
Shootboxing 51 kg   Rena Kubota def.   Cyndi Alves Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00
Lightweight 70 kg   Daron Cruickshank def.   Shinji Sasaki TKO (Soccer Kicks) 1 4:36
Openweight   Kirill Sidelnikov def.   Chris Barnett Decision (Split) 3 20:00
Catchweight 81.5 kg   Hisaki Kato def.   Yuta Watanabe TKO (Punches) 1 1:04
Female Strawweight 52 kg   Kanako Murata def.   Natalya Denisova Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
K-1 Featherweight 65 kg   Tetsuya Yamato def.   Hiroto Yamaguchi TKO (3 Knockdowns) 1 2:37
K-1 Catchweight 73 kg   Danilo Zanolini def.   Norihisa Amimoto TKO (3 Knockdowns) 1 2:19
K-1 Catchweight 60 kg   Yuya def.   Yuki TKO (3 Knockdowns) 1 1:06

Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 1st RoundEdit

Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 1st Round
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateSeptember 25, 2016
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan
Event chronology
Rizin Fighting Federation 1 Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 1st Round Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 2nd Round


Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 1st Round was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on September 25, 2016 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

ResultsEdit

Fight Card
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight 66 kg   Kron Gracie def.   Hideo Tokoro Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 9:50
Female Atomweight 49 kg   Rena Kubota def.   Miyuu Yamamoto Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 4:50
Openweight   Mirko Cro Cop def.   Hyun Man Myung Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) 1 2:20 Openweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Openweight   Baruto Kaito def.   Kazuyuki Fujita Decision (Unanimous) 2 10:00 Openweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Lightweight 70 kg   Daron Cruickshank def.   Andy Souwer Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 4:10
Bantamweight 61 kg   Erson Yamamoto def.   Kizaemon Saiga Decision (Split) 2 15:00
Openweight   Jiří Procházka def.   Mark Tanios Decision (Unanimous) 2 10:00 Openweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Openweight   Valentin Moldavsky def.   Karl Albrektsson Decision (Unanimous) 2 10:00 Openweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Openweight   Amir Aliakbari def.   João Almeida TKO (Punches) 1 2:25 Openweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Openweight   Szymon Bajor def.   Teodoras Aukštuolis Decision (Unanimous) 2 10:00 Openweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Featherweight 66 kg   Charles Bennett def.   Minoru Kimura TKO (Punches) 1 0:07
Female Strawweight 53 kg   Kanako Murata def.   Kyra Batara Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Female Openweight   Gabi Garcia def.   Destanie Yarbrough Submission (Americana) 1 2:42

Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 2nd RoundEdit

Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 2nd Round
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateDecember 29, 2016
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan
Event chronology
Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 1st Round Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 2nd Round Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round

Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 2nd Round was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on December 29, 2016 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Background

Jiří Procházka was injured and couldn't participate in the second round of the Grand Prix, and was subsequently replaced by Tsuyoshi Kohsaka.

Mirko Cro Cop was originally scheduled to have a rematch with Wanderlei Silva in the Openweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals. However, on December 2, Silva withdrew from the bout.[1] He was subsequently replaced by Muhammed Lawal.

Shane Carwin was originally announced as an Openweight entrant against Amir Aliakbari. However, he pulled out of the tournament for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Heath Herring.

ResultsEdit

Fight Card
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Openweight   Mirko Cro Cop def.   Muhammed Lawal TKO (Punches) 2 1:41 Openweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals
Openweight   Baruto Kaito def.   Tsuyoshi Kosaka Decision (Unanimous) 2 10:00 Openweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals
Openweight   Amir Aliakbari def.   Heath Herring Decision (Unanimous) 2 10:00 Openweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals
Openweight   Valentin Moldavsky def.   Szymon Bajor Decision (Unanimous) 2 10:00 Openweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals
Female Flyweight 57 kg   Rin Nakai def.   Kanako Murata Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 3 11:16
Flyweight 57 kg   Tenshin Nasukawa def.   Nikita Sapun TKO (Punches) 1 2:45
Lightweight 70 kg   Kazuyuki Miyata def.   Andy Souwer Submission (Armbar) 1 4:39
Bantamweight 61 kg   Yuki Motoya def.   Allan Nascimento Decision (Split) 2 15:00
Flyweight 58 kg   Tatsumitsu Wada def.   Kai Kara-France Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Featherweight 66 kg   Yusuke Yachi def.   Mario Sismundo TKO (Knee to the Body) 1 0:18
Female Atomweight 48 kg   Alyssa Garcia def.   Kanna Asakura Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Openweight   Vadim Nemkov def.   Alison Vicente TKO (Punches) 1 0:54 Openweight Grand-Prix Reserve Fight
Lightweight 70 kg   Satoru Kitaoka def.   Daron Cruickshank Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 8:18

Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: Final RoundEdit

Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateDecember 31, 2016
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan
Event chronology
Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: 2nd Round Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round Rizin Fighting Federation 5 - Sakura

Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on December 31, 2016 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Background

Charles Bennett was originally set to fight against Minoru Kimura. However, Bennett withdrew from the bout due to problems obtaining a visa. Shinobu Kandori was originally set to take on Gabi Garcia, but was replaced by Yumiko Hotta after suffering a rib injury.[2]

ResultsEdit

Fight Card
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Openweight   Mirko Cro Cop def.   Amir Aliakbari KO (Punches) 1 2:03 Openweight Grand-Prix Final
Featherweight 66 kg   Kron Gracie def.   Tatsuya Kawajiri Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2 12:05
Bantamweight 62 kg   Hideo Tokoro def.   Erson Yamamoto Submission (Armbar) 1 1:19
Female Atomweight 49 kg   Rena Kubota def.   Hanna Gujwan TKO (Body Kick) 3 12:47
Female Atomweight 49 kg   Andy Nguyen def.   Miyuu Yamamoto Submission (Armbar) 1 4:42
Flyweight 58 kg   Kizaemon Saiga def.   Dillin West TKO (Punches) 1 2:03
Female Openweight   Gabi Garcia def.   Yumiko Hotta TKO (Punches) 1 0:41
Catchweight 82 kg   Hayato Sakurai def.   Wataru Sakata TKO (Punches) 2 12:37
Openweight   Amir Aliakbari def.   Valentin Moldavsky Decision (Split) 2 10:00 Openweight Grand-Prix Semi-Finals
Openweight   Mirko Cro Cop def.   Baruto Kaito KO (Knee to the Body) 1 0:49 Openweight Grand-Prix Semi-Finals
Flyweight 57 kg   Tenshin Nasukawa def.   Dylan Kawika Oligo Submission (Guillotine Choke) 2 3:37

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wanderlei Silva just withdrew from RIZIN event and that made Mirko Cro Cop very, very angry". MMA Mania. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  2. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2016-12-22). "Yumiko Hotta replaces Shinobu Kandori in Rizin fight against Gabi Garcia". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2016-12-31.

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