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