Rizin FF will look to close out the year in style when it stages its year-end event inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Dec. 31, 2017. And the promotion is bringing out some big guns for its World Grand Prix.
Gabi Garcia will look to stay undefeated (4-0-1) in her mixed martial arts (MMA) career when she takes on Shinobu Kandori in a bout expected to be contested at 210 pounds. The towering jiu-jitsu expert was last seen competing for Rizin earlier this year against Shinobu Kandori in a fight that ended in a no-contest due to an eye poke.
Meanwhile, it didn’t take Takanori Gomi much time to find employment after he was released by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as he returns to the “Land of the Rising Sun” where he became a household name to face off against Yusuke Yachi. It’s been a tough couple of years for “The Fireball Kid,” as he has dropped his last five fights.
Also on the card, Mirko Crocop will face off against Yusuke Yachi, while a four-man kickboxing tournament will also be held at the event, according to Sherdog.
The event will be Rizin’s second in two days, as it will also be holding a men’s bantamweight tournament two days prior, also in Japan, while the year-end tournament will see Bantamweight semifinals take place. Furthermore, the company will hold the finale for the women’s atomweight grand prix on this card.
Talk about a full slate.