2017 in Rizin Fighting Federation

The year 2017 was the 3rd year in the history of the Rizin Fighting Federation, a mixed martial arts promotion based in Japan. 2017 started with Rizin Fighting Federation 5 in Yokohama. It started broadcasting through a television agreement with Fuji Television. In North America and Europe Rizin FF 5 was available on FITE TV.[1]

2017 in Rizin Fighting Federation
Information
First dateApril 16, 2017
Last dateDecember 31, 2017
Events
Total events5
Fights
Chronology
2016 in Rizin Fighting Federation 2017 in Rizin Fighting Federation 2018 in Rizin Fighting Federation

BackgroundEdit

Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced that Rizin will do 5 events in 2017: April, July, October, and the usual December 29 and 31 show.

He also announced that they will do 2 Grand Prix this year. One is men, other is women. He stated the women grand prix will be at Atomweight due to the fact Rena Kubota will be in the grand prix. Kyoji Horiguchi will compete in the men tournament which take place at Bantamweight 61 kg.

Rizin's Bantamweight grand prix will begin on July 30 at the Saitama Super Arena, with the first four opening rounds bouts of the tournament bracket. The remaining four opening bouts will take place in the autumn. Similar to the last year GP, the quarterfinals are scheduled for Dec. 29. The semifinals and finals will be held on the same night, Dec. 31, at Saitama Super Arena.

16-Man Bantamweight 61 kg GP ParticipantEdit

8-Female Super Atomweight 49 kg GP ParticipantEdit

List of eventsEdit

# Event Date Venue Location Attendance
1 Rizin 2017 in Yokohama: Sakura April 16, 2017 Yokohama Arena   Yokohama, Japan 12,729
2 Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round - Part 1 July 30, 2017 Saitama Super Arena   Saitama, Japan 17,730
3 Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round - Part 2 October 15, 2017 Marine Messe Fukuoka   Fukuoka, Japan 7,732
4 Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round December 29, 2017 Saitama Super Arena   Saitama, Japan 15,539
5 Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Final Round December 31, 2017 Saitama Super Arena   Saitama, Japan 18,316

Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix 2017 bracketEdit

1st Round
Rizin WGP Opening Round Part 1 & Part 2
2nd Round
Semifinals
Final
        
  Ian McCall
BYE 
  Ian McCall 1:48
  Manel Kape TKO
  Erson Yamamoto 1:10
  Manel Kape TKO
  Manel Kape 14:28
  Kyoji Horiguchi SUB
  Kyoji Horiguchi KO
  Hideo Tokoro 1:49
  Kyoji Horiguchi KO
  Gabriel Oliviera 4:30
  Gabriel Oliviera
BYE
  Kyoji Horiguchi TKO
  Shintaro Ishiwatari 5:14
  Keita Ishibashi 4:51
  Khalid Taha KO
  Khalid Taha 12:22
  Takafumi Otsuka SUB
  Takafumi Otsuka DEC
  Anthony Birchak 15:00
  Takafumi Otsuka 15:00
  Shintaro Ishiwatari DEC
  Jae Hoon Moon 15:00
  Kevin Petshi DEC
  Kevin Petshi 4:30
  Shintaro Ishiwatari KO
  Shintaro Ishiwatari DEC
  Akhmed Musakaev 15:00

Rizin Women's Super Atomweight Grand Prix 2017 bracketEdit

1st Round
Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round - Part 2
Semifinals
Final
         
  Rena Kubota KO
  Andy Nguyen 3:23
  Rena Kubota TKO
  Irene Cabello Rivera 4:38
  Miyuu Yamamoto 7:25
  Irene Cabello Rivera SUB
  Rena Kubota 4:33
  Kanna Asakura SUB
  Alyssa Garcia 15:00
  Maria Oliveira DEC
  Maria Oliveira 8:40
  Kanna Asakura SUB
  Kanna Asakura DEC
  Sylwia Juśkiewicz 15:00

Rizin Flyweight KB TournamentEdit

Semi-finals Final
      
  Tenshin Nasukawa KO
  Yuta Hamamoto 4:58
  Tenshin Nasukawa TKO
  Yamato Fujita 1:27
  Mitsuhisa Sunabe 6:46
  Yamato Fujita KO

Rizin 2017 in Yokohama: SakuraEdit

Rizin 2017 at Yokohama: Sakura
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateApril 16, 2017
VenueYokohama Arena
City  Yokohama, Japan
Event chronology
Rizin 4 World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round Rizin 2017 at Yokohama: Sakura Rizin Fighting Federation 6

Rizin 2017 in Yokohama: Sakura was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on April 16, 2017 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.

ResultsEdit

Fight Card
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight 66 kg   Tatsuya Kawajiri def.   Anthony Birchak Decision (Unanimous) 2 15:00
Openweight   Amir Aliakbari def.   Gerônimo Dos Santos TKO (Punches) 1 3:34
Flyweight 58 kg   Kyoji Horiguchi def.   Yuki Motoya Decision (Unanimous) 2 15:00
Female Atomweight 48 kg   Rena Kubota def.   Dóra Perjés KO (Punch to the Body) 1 2:49
Flyweight 57 kg   Tenshin Nasukawa def.   Francesco Ghigliotti KO (Head Kick) 1 1:07
Heavyweight 120 kg   Satoshi Ishii def.   Heath Herring Decision (Unanimous) 2 15:00
Female Catchweight 90 kg   Reina Miura def.   Jazzy Gabert Submission (Armbar) 2 9:54
Lightweight 70 kg   Yusuke Yachi def.   Daron Cruickshank KO (Punch) 1 5:10
Female Atomweight 48 kg   Saori Ishioka def.   Bestare Kicaj Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:12
Female Atomweight 48 kg   Kanna Asakura def.   Aleksandra Toncheva Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Flyweight 58 kg   Seiichiro Ito def.   Kizaemon Saiga Decision (Unanimous) 2 15:00

Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round - Part 1Edit

Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017 Opening Round - Natsu no Jin
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateJuly 30, 2017
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan
Event chronology
Rizin FF 5 - Sakura Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017 Opening Round - Natsu no Jin Rizin FF 7: RIZIN World Grand Prix 2017 Opening Round Part 2

Rizin World Grand Prix 2017 Opening Round Part 1 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on July 30, 2017 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

ResultsEdit

Fight Card
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight 61 kg   Kyoji Horiguchi def.   Hideo Tokoro KO (Punches) 1 1:49 Bantamweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Heavyweight 120 kg   Amir Aliakbari def.   Tyler King TKO (Punches) 1 1:39
Female Openweight   Gabrielle Garcia vs.   Oksana Gagloeva No Contest (Accidental Eye Poke) 1 0:15
Female Openweight   Reina Miura def.   Lei'D Tapa Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Flyweight 57 kg   Tenshin Nasukawa def.   Kizaemon Saiga KO (Punch) 1 1:36 Mix Rules
Lightweight 70 kg   Yusuke Yachi def.   Satoru Kitaoka TKO (Punches) 2 4:46
Atomweight 49 kg   Miyuu Yamamoto def.   Cassie Robb Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Bantamweight 61 kg   Takafumi Otsuka def.   Anthony Birchak Decision (Split) 2 15:00 Bantamweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Bantamweight 61 kg   Khalid Taha def.   Keita Ishibashi KO (Grounded Knees and Punches) 1 4:51 Bantamweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Female Flyweight 57 kg   Shinju Nozawa-Auclair def.   Sheena Brandenburg Submission (Armbar) 1 1:40
Light Heavyweight 93 kg   Karl Abrektsson def.   Teodoras Aukstuolis Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 1 8:02

Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round - Part 2Edit

Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round - Aki no Jin
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateOctober 15, 2017
VenueMarine Messe Fukuoka
City  Fukuoka, Japan
Event chronology
Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round - Part 1 Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round - Aki no Jin

Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round - Part 2 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on October 15, 2017 at the Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan.

BackgroundEdit

Dan Henderson supposed to face fellow MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba in a grappling match however, Henderson suffered a neck injury and Frank Shamrock step in as a replacement.

Kanna Asakura fought Saori Ishioka at DEEP JEWELS 17 in a Super Atomweight Grand Prix Qualification bout. Asakura won by Unanimous Decision.

Andy Nguyen missed weight.

ResultsEdit

Fight Card
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Rena Kubota def.   Andy Nguyen KO (Punch to the Body) 1 3:23 Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Flyweight 57 kg   Tenshin Nasukawa def.   Yamato Fujita Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Middleweight 84 kg   Kazushi Sakuraba vs.   Frank Shamrock Draw 1 10:00 Grappling Match
Lightweight 70 kg   Akiyo Nishiura def.   Andy Souwer Decision (Unanimous) 2 15:00
Catchweight 75 kg   Reina Miura def.   Crystal Stokes Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 63 kg   Gabriel Oliveira def.   Tatsuya Kawajiri KO (Knee) 2 1:00
Bantamweight 61 kg   Shintaro Ishiwatari def.   Akhmed Musakaev Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00 Bantamweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Bantamweight 61 kg   Kevin Petshi def.   Jae Hoon Moon Decision (Split) 3 15:00 Bantamweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Bantamweight 61 kg   Manel Kape def.   Erson Yamamoto TKO (Head Kick and Punch) 1 1:10 Bantamweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Openweight   Roque Martinez def.   Jerome Le Banner Submission (Scarf Hold Chest Choke) 1 2:10
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Maria Oliveira def.   Alyssa Garcia Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00 Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Kanna Asakura def.   Sylwia Juśkiewicz Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00 Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Irene Cabello Rivera def.   Miyuu Yamamoto Submission (Armbar) 2 7:25 Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix 1st Round
Catchweight 51 kg   Jin Mandokoro def.   Issei Ishii Decision (Majority) 3 9:00 Kickboxing
Catchweight 62 kg   Yuki vs.   Kurogi Darvish Draw (Majority) 3 9:00 Kickboxing
Catchweight 58 kg   Yoshihisa Morimoto def.   Ryota Renseigym TKO (Punches) 3 7:57 Kickboxing

Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd RoundEdit

Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateDecember 29, 2017
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan
Event chronology
Rizin FF 7: RIZIN World Grand Prix 2017 Opening Round Part 2 Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round Rizin Jiu-Jitsu Open Tournament 2017

Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on December 29, 2017 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

BackgroundEdit

Seiichiro Ito was to face Kai Asakura at this event but had to withdraw due to a nasal fractures. He was replaced by Kizaemon Saiga.

Gabrielle Garcia was scheduled to face Shinobu Kandori at this event. However, Garcia missed weight by over 26 pounds and the bout was canceled.

ResultsEdit

Fight Card
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight 61 kg   Kyoji Horiguchi def.   Gabriel Oliviera TKO (Punches) 1 4:30 Bantamweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals
Bantamweight 61 kg   Manel Kape def.   Ian McCall TKO (Doctor Stopage) 1 1:48 Bantamweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals
Bantamweight 61 kg   Shintaro Ishiwatari def.   Kevin Petshi KO (Punch) 1 4:30 Bantamweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals
Bantamweight 61 kg   Takafumi Otsuka def.   Khalid Taha Submission (Guillotine Choke) 3 12:22 Bantamweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals
Light Heavyweight 93 kg   Jiří Procházka def.   Karl Albrektsson TKO (Punches) 1 9:57
Women's Lightweight 70 kg   Cindy Dandois def.   Reina Miura Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Featherweight 66 kg   Hiroyuki Takaya def.   Baataryn Azjavkhlan Decision (Unanimous) 2 15:00
Bantamweight 61 kg   Jae Hoon Moon def.   Anthony Birchak Decision (Split) 3 15:00 Bantamweight Grand-Prix Reserve Bout
Catchweight 62.5 kg   Kai Asakura def.   Kizaemon Saiga TKO (Punches and Knee) 2 7:36
Women's Flyweight 57 kg   Kana Watanabe def.   Shizuka Sugiyama Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 75 kg   Kiichi Kunimoto def.   Satoru Kitaoka Decision (Unanimous) 2 15:00

Rizin Fan Expo 2017Edit

Rizin Fan Expo 2017
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateDecember 30, 2017
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan
Event chronology
Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round Rizin Fan Expo 2017 Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Final Round

Rizin Fan Expo 2017 was an Expo event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on December 29-30-31,2017 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

BackgroundEdit

This expo featured the Rizin 2017 jiu-jitsu tournament, a Grappling tournament, a high school Sambo tournament, an amateur Kickboxing tournament and an amateur Mixed martial arts tournament.

Fight CardEdit

Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Final RoundEdit

Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Final Round
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateDecember 31, 2017
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan

Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Final Round was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on December 31, 2017 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

BackgroundEdit

This event will hold the semi-finals and final of the Rizin Bantamweight Grand-Prix. The quarter-finals were held two days previous at Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round. Also on the card are the semi-finals and final of the Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix.

ResultsEdit

Fight Card
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Bantamweight 61 kg   Kyoji Horiguchi def.   Shintaro Ishiwatari KO (Punches) 2 5:14 Bantamweight Grand-Prix Final
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Kanna Asakura def.   Rena Kubota Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 4:33 Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix Final
Flyweight 57 kg   Tenshin Nasukawa def.   Yamato Fujita TKO (3 Knockdowns) 1 1:27 Flyweight KB Tournament Final
Heavyweight 120 kg   Mirko Cro Cop def.   Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (Punches) 1 1:02
Women's Flyweight 57 kg   Shinju Nozawa-Auclair def.   Chelsea LaGrasse Submission (Armbar) 1 4:47
Catchweight 72 kg   Yusuke Yachi def.   Takanori Gomi Submission (Triangle Choke) 1 2:36
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Kanna Asakura def.   Maria Oliveira Submission (Armbar) 2 8:40 Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix Semi-Finals
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Rena Kubota def.   Irene Cabello Rivera TKO (Punches) 1 4:38 Women's Super Atomweight Grand-Prix Semi-Finals
Flyweight 57 kg   Yamato Fujita def.   Mitsuhisa Sunabe KO (Punch) 3 6:46 Flyweight KB Tournament Semi-Finals
Flyweight 57 kg   Tenshin Nasukawa def.   Yuta Hamamoto KO (Flying Knee) 2 4:58 Flyweight KB Tournament Semi-Finals
Bantamweight 61 kg   Shintaro Ishiwatari def.   Takafumi Otsuka Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00 Bantamweight Grand-Prix Semi-Finals
Bantamweight 61 kg   Kyoji Horiguchi def.   Manel Kape Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 3 14:28 Bantamweight Grand-Prix Semi-Finals

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rizin FF Partners with FITE TV". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-04-01.

External linksEdit