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Rizin FF adds many UFC veterans to April 16 card

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Rizin will stage their next card in April, and it will feature a few familiar names if you’re a UFC fan.

One of the best flyweights in the world will make his Rizin debut on April 16th. Kyoji Horiguchi, a former UFC flyweight title challenger, was let go by the promotion and quickly scooped up by the company that operates out of his own country to headline their show against Yuki Motoya. Now, they’ve added a bunch more familiar names to the event.

Tatsuya Kawajiri, who lost his Rizin debut on New Year’s Eve to Kron Gracie, will take on fellow UFC vet Anthony Birchak. Birchak, who is coming up a weight class for the bout, went 2-2 in four 135-pound bouts in the UFC and won his last one, but wasn’t re-signed.

Heath Herring, the former Pride and UFC heavyweight standout, will again fight for Rizin when he meets Satoshi Ishii. Ishii last fought in Bellator, where he was beaten by Quinton Jackson and King Mo Lawal in successive bouts. Daron Cruickshank will also meet Yusuke Yachi on the card.

Here’s a look at the current lineup for the event, which will go down in the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan:

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Yuki Motoya

Anthony Birchak vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Daron Cruickshank vs. Yusuke Yachi

Heath Herring vs. Satoshi Ishii

Franchesco Ghigliotti vs. Tenshin Nasukawa

Kanna Asakura vs. Alexandra Toncheva

Saori Ishioka vs. Bestare Kicaj

Jazzy Garbert vs. Reina Miura

Rena Kubota vs. TBA

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