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The year 2018 is the 4th year in the history of the Rizin Fighting Federation, a mixed martial arts promotion based in Japan. The season started with Rizin Fighting Federation in Fukuoka. It started broadcasting through a television agreement with Fuji Television. In North America and Europe Rizin FF is available on PPV all over the world and on FITE TV.[1]

2018 in Rizin Fighting Federation
Information
First dateMay 6, 2018
Last dateDecember 31, 2018
Events
Total events6
Fights
Total fights66
Title fights2
Chronology
2017 in Rizin Fighting Federation 2018 in Rizin Fighting Federation 2019 in Rizin Fighting Federation

BackgroundEdit

Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced that Rizin will do 5 events in 2018: May, July, August, September and the December 31st show.[2]

List of eventsEdit

Title fightsEdit

Title fights in 2018
# Weight Class Method Round T.Time Event Notes
1 Super Atomweight 49 kg   Ayaka Hamasaki def.   Kanna Asakura Submission (Armbar) 2 9:34 Rizin 14 - Saitama For the inaugural Rizin Women's Super Atomweight Championship
2 Bantamweight 61 kg   Kyoji Horiguchi def.   Darrion Caldwell Submission (Guillotine Choke) 3 11:13 Rizin 14 - Saitama For the inaugural Rizin Bantamweight Championship

Rizin 10 - FukuokaEdit

Rizin 10 - Fukuoka
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateMay 6, 2018
VenueMarine Messe Fukuoka
City  Fukuoka, Japan

Rizin 10 - Fukuoka was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on May 6, 2018 at the Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan.

BackgroundEdit

Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion Kyoji Horiguchi was announced to take on fellow veteran Ian McCall in a much anticipated bout that failed to materialize during the New Years Event.[5] Rounding off the marquee match-ups were the kickboxing phenomenon, Tenshin Nasukawa, taking on DEEP flyweight champion Yusaku Nakamura, and newly-crowned atomweight queen Kanna Asakura, who will face former King of the Cage atomweight champion Melissa Karagianis.

Yachi Yusuke will face off against UFC-vet Diego Nunes, and the Kunlun Fight strawweight champion Weili Zhang was supposed to face Kanako Murata. However, Zhang suffered an injury on her left shoulder during training and was forced to withdraw from the fight. She was replaced by the former TUF 23 cast member Lanchana Green.[6] This event also saw the return of the former Invicta atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki, as well as up-and-coming prospects Manel Kape and Kai Asakura.[7]

ResultsEdit

Rizin 10
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Bantamweight 61 kg   Kyoji Horiguchi def.   Ian McCall KO (Punch) 1 0:09
Flyweight 57 kg   Tenshin Nasukawa def.   Yusaku Nakamura TKO (3 Knockdowns Rules) 2 4:42 Kickboxing bout
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Kanna Asakura def.   Melissa Karagianis Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Lightweight 70 kg   Yusuke Yachi def.   Diego Nunes Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Lightweight 70 kg   Daron Cruickshank def.   Koshi Matsumoto KO (Head Kick) 1 3:52
Strawweight 51.5 kg   Issei Ishii def.   Daishin Sakai Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing bout
Catchweight 59 kg   Kai Asakura def.   Manel Kape Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Ayaka Hamasaki def.   Alyssa Garcia Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Heavyweight 120 kg   Ante Delija def.   Ricardo Prasel Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Heavyweight 120 kg   Jairzinho Rozenstruik def.   Andrey Kovalev Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Strawweight 53 kg   Kanako Murata def.   Lanchana Green Submission (Anaconda Choke) 1 4:54
Bantamweight 61 kg   Tomohiro Kitai vs.   Kurogi Darvish Draw (Split) 3 9:00 Kickboxing bout

Rizin 11 - SaitamaEdit

Rizin 11 - Saitama
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateJuly 29, 2018
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan

Rizin 11 - Saitama was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on July 29, 2018 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

BackgroundEdit

After a 9-second knockout victory, Kyoji Horiguchi made a quick turnaround, in a long-awaited rematch against fellow Japanese champion Hiromasa Ogikubo.[8] Ogikubo, the current Shooto bantamweight champion, has not lost since he last faced Horiguchi in 2013. Another rematch took place with Kanna Asakura taking on RENA, who she defeated in the final of the Atomweight Grand Prix.

Originally Mirko Cro Cop was scheduled for this event, however on May 21, 2018, while training for a bout in Bellator MMA against Roy Nelson, Crocop suffered multiple injuries to his left leg including an ACL tear, a partial MCL tear, and a LCL sprain. It was revealed that the recovery for these injuries would take a minimum of 5 months, and so he was ruled out of the event.[9]

Originally a fight was set between Takanori Gomi and Andy Souwer. However, Souwer was forced to withdrawal due to signing a exclusive contract with ONE Championship. He was replaced by UFC veteran Melvin Guillard at a weight limit of 73.0kg. Guillard weighed in at 73.95kg, forcing the bout to be contested at a catchweight.

Originally a fight was set between Kai Asakura and Topnoi Tiger Muay Thai. However, Asakura was pulled from the event due to a knee injury and replaced by former Tenkaichi Champion Tadaaki Yamamoto

Originally a fight was set between Rin Nakai and Shizuka Sugiyama. However, Nakai was pulled from the event due to acute nephritis, and the bout was cancelled all together.

ResultsEdit

Rizin 11
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Kanna Asakura def.   Rena Kubota Decision (unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 60 kg   Kyoji Horiguchi def.   Hiromasa Ogikubo Decision (Unanimous) 2 15:00
Light Heavyweight 93 kg   Jiří Procházka def.   Bruno Cappelozza KO (Punches) 1 1:41
Catchweight 74 kg   Takanori Gomi def.   Melvin Guillard KO (Punches) 1 2:33
Lightweight 70 kg   Diego Brandao def.   Satoru Kitaoka KO (Punches) 1 1:30
Openweight   Unurjargal Boldpurev def.   Shoma Shibisai Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Lightweight 70 kg   Kaito Ono def.   Yoshiya Uzatsuyo KO (knee) 2 4:22 Kickboxing bout
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Miyuu Yamamoto def.   Saori Ishioka Decision (split) 3 15:00
Catchweight 59 kg    Topnoi Thanongsaklek def.   Tadaaki Yamamoto KO (Punch) 1 1:06
Lightweight 70 kg    Daron Cruickshank def.   Tom Santos TKO (Elbows) 3 14:11

Rizin 12 - NagoyaEdit

Rizin 12 - Nagoya
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PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateAugust 12, 2018
VenueAichi Prefectural Gymnasium
City  Nagoya, Japan

Rizin 12 - Nagoya was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on August 12, 2018 at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya, Japan.

BackgroundEdit

Former Jungle Fight Lightweight Champion Bruno Carvalho was expected to headline this event against Yusuke Yachi, but was forced off the card due to an injury.[10] Carvalho was replaced by the undefeated Luiz Gustavo.

King Reina takes on veteran Kaitlin Young in a women's featherweight bout. Kiichi Kunimoto will face DEEP Welterweight Champion Ryuichiro Sumimura. Mikuru Asakura (who is Kai Asakura's older brother) is expected to face all-time great, Hatsu Hioki. Former UFC competitor Angela Magana makes her promotional debut against Kanako Murata.[11]

ResultsEdit

Rizin 12
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Lightweight 70 kg   Luiz Gustavo def.   Yusuke Yachi KO (Punch) 2 7:32
Bantamweight 61 kg   Yuki Motoya def.   Kazuma Sone Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 9:31
Welterweight 77 kg   Kiichi Kunimoto def.   Ryuichiro Sumimura Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 1 4:59
Featherweight 65 kg   Kaitlin Young def.   Reina Miura Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 59 kg   Daiki Naito def.   Hannya Hashimoto TKO (Leg Kicks) 2 4:53 Kickboxing bout
Featherweight 66 kg   Mikuru Asakura def.   Hatsu Hioki KO (Head Kick and Punches) 1 3:45
Heavyweight 120 kg   Roque Martinez def.   Kiyoshi Kuwabara TKO (Punches) 1 4:37
Featherweight 65 kg   Kaito Ono def.   Sho Ogawa Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing bout
Strawweight 53 kg   Kanako Murata def.   Angela Magana Submission (Von Flue Choke) 2 8:52
Catchweight 59 kg   Ryuki def.   NAOYA Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing bout.
Lightweight 70 kg   Shintaro Matsukura def.   Takahiro Okuyama KO (Punch) 2 5:30 Kickboxing bout
Catchweight 53 kg   Shota Takiya def.   Syuto Sato Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing bout

Rizin 13 - SaitamaEdit

Rizin 13 - Saitama
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateSeptember 30, 2018
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan

Rizin 13 - Saitama was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on September 30, 2018 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

BackgroundEdit

A champion versus champion affair kicked off the card, as current Pancrase Strawweight Champion Mitsuhisa Sunabe took on reigning DEEP Strawweight Champion Haruo Ochi. Jiri Prochazka looked to continue his winning streak against WSOF/PFL veteran Jake Heun. Brothers Mikuru and Kai Asakura fought Karshyga Dautbek and Topnoi Thanongsaklek, respectively. 4-time K-1 champion Taiga Kawabe made his RIZIN debut against fellow debutant Kento Haraguchi.

Miyuu Yamamoto rematched former King of the Cage Atomweight Champion Andy Nguyen; Nguyen defeated Yamamoto at RIZIN's 2016 New Year Eve card. Manel Kape returned to the RIZIN ring for a 5th time, and faced DEEP Flyweight Champion Yusaku Nakamura. Former Invicta Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki made her second appearance for RIZIN, this time fighting the current DEEP Jewels Atomweight Champion, Mina Kurobe. UFC veterans Daron Cruickshank and Diego Brandao faced off in a lightweight bout.

Mirko Cro Cop returned after a 4-month injury lay-off against DEEP Megaton Champion, Roque Martinez. The first African professional sumo wrestler, Osunaarashi, fought fan-favorite Bob Sapp. The card was headlined by kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa and Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion Kyoji Horiguchi, in a kickboxing rules bout.[12]

ResultsEdit

Rizin 13
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Light Heavyweight 93 kg   Jiří Procházka def.   Jake Heun TKO (Punches) 1 4:29
Featherweight 66 kg   Mikuru Asakura def.   Karshyga Dautbek Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Lightweight 70 kg   Daron Cruickshank def.   Diego Brandao KO (Flying Knee) 2 5:17
Flyweight 57 kg   Tenshin Nasukawa def.   Kyoji Horiguchi Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing bout
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Miyuu Yamamoto def.   Andy Nguyen Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Heavyweight 120 kg   Mirko Filipovic def.   Roque Martinez TKO (Cut) 1 4:58
Openweight   Bob Sapp def.   Osunaarashi Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Special Rules bout
Strawweight 53 kg   Haruo Ochi def.   Mitsuhisa Sunabe KO (Soccer Kicks) 3 12:51
Catchweight 59 kg   Kai Asakura def.   Topnoi Thanongsaklek Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Ayaka Hamasaki def.   Mina Kurobe Submission (Kimura) 1 4:45
Catchweight 59 kg   Taiga   Kento Haraguchi Draw (Majority) 3 9:00 Kickboxing bout
Catchweight 58 kg   Manel Kape def.   Yusaku Nakamura Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 14:27

Rizin - Heisei's Last Yarennoka!Edit

Rizin - Heisei's Last Yarennoka!
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PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateDecember 31, 2018
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan

Rizin - Heisei's Last Yarennoka! was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on December 31, 2018 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

BackgroundEdit

The card was headlined by former Sengoku, Deep and Pancrase champion Satoru Kitaoka who takes on former Shooto champion Tatsuya Kawajiri in a three-round Lightweight match.

ResultsEdit

Rizin Heisei's Last Yarennoka!
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Lightweight 70 kg   Satoru Kitaoka def.   Tatsuya Kawajiri Decision (Split) 3 15:00
Catchweight 68 kg   Mikuru Asakura def.   Takeshi Inoue TKO (Flying Knee and Punch) 2 7:39
Flyweight 57 kg   Kana Watanabe def.   Shizuka Sugiyama TKO (Punch) 1 0:11
Bantamweight 61 kg   Kai Asakura def.   Jae Hoon Moon Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Catchweight 64 kg   Taiju Shiratori def.   Yoshiya Uzatsuyo TKO (Flying Knee) 3 7:43 Kickboxing bout
Catchweight 92 kg   Yuta Uchida def.   Takuma Konishi Decision (Unanimous) 3 9:00 Kickboxing bout
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Ai Shimizu def.   Nanaka Kawamura TKO (Punches) 1 3:01

Rizin 14 - SaitamaEdit

Rizin 14 - Saitama
Information
PromotionRizin Fighting Federation
DateDecember 31, 2018
VenueSaitama Super Arena
City  Saitama, Japan

Rizin 14 - Saitama was a mixed martial arts event held by the Rizin Fighting Federation on December 31, 2018 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

BackgroundEdit

The card was headlined by kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa, who took on multiple weight world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a three-round exhibition boxing match.[13] The match was controversial and drew accusations of match-fixing from both fans and pundits alike.[14][15]

Emanuel Newton was to face Jiří Procházka at this event, but had to withdraw due to an injury. He was replaced by Brandon Halsey.

Rena Kubota was to face Samantha Jean-Francois at this event, but had to withdraw due to Anemia and dehydration. The fight was canceled.

ResultsEdit

Rizin 14
Weight Class Method Round T.Time Notes
Catchweight 66.6 kg   Floyd Mayweather Jr. def.   Tenshin Nasukawa TKO (Corner Stoppage) 1 2:19 Exhibition boxing match
Bantamweight 61 kg   Kyoji Horiguchi def.   Darrion Caldwell Submission (Guillotine Choke) 3 11:13 For the inaugural Rizin Bantamweight Championship
Super Atomweight 49 kg   Ayaka Hamasaki def.   Kanna Asakura Submission (Armbar) 2 9:34 For the inaugural Rizin Super Atomweight Championship
Light Heavyweight 93 kg   Jiří Procházka def.   Brandon Halsey Submission (Punches) 1 6:30
Catchweight 102.5 kg   Gabi Garcia def.   Barbara Nepomuceno Submission (Keylock) 1 2:35
Lightweight 70 kg   Damien Brown def.   Daron Cruickshank Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 4:10
Catchweight 51 kg   Miyuu Yamamoto def.   Mika Nagano Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Featherweight 65 kg   Kazuyuki Miyata def.   Erson Yamamoto Submission (Hammerlock) 2 8:23
Lightweight 70 kg   Johnny Case def.   Yusuke Yachi TKO (Cut) 2 9:47
Catchweight 60 kg   Yuki Motoya def.   Justin Scoggins Submission (Teepee Choke) 1 3:28
Catchweight 59 kg   Ulka Sasaki def.   Manel Kape Decision (Unanimous) 3 15:00
Flyweight 57 kg   Justyna Haba def.   Shinju Nozawa Auclair Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 8:41
Lightweight 70 kg   Tofiq Musaev def.   Nobumitsu Osawa TKO (Punches) 2 6:19

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