Rizin is making its massive return this weekend in lots of varieties. Not solely are they operating a double invoice, however they’re additionally returning to Fite and terrestrial PPV for worldwide audiences. Tremendous Rizin and Rizin 38 will each be taking place on the Saitama Tremendous Enviornment For higher or for worse, now we have the return of Floyd Mayweather to do his exhibition boxing tour, Kyoji Horiguchi returning to battle in the principle occasion, and a weird freakshow boxing battle. There’s just a little bit for everyone and we’ll take a look at a number of of the possibly memorable fights from each exhibits.
Floyd Mayweather vs Mikuru Asakura
Floyd Mayweather (50-0) as soon as once more makes his return to Rizin to fleece… I imply…. proceed his worldwide boxing exhibition within the promotion. Mayweather’s first exhibition occurred at Rizin’s New Yr’s Eve present in 2018 the place he made fast work of Tenshin Nasukawa. He returns now to face Mikuru Asakura, some of the in style fighters in Japan.
The novelty of this battle is considerably lower than the Tenshin bout. That was the primary exhibition Mayweather had post-pro boxing retirement. Tenshin was additionally the primary kickboxer on the planet. Mikuru is under no circumstances identified for his placing prowess. He has some thrilling finishes in Rizin, however this isn’t MMA.
Mikuru Asakura (16-3 MMA) is is the most well-liked fighter within the promotion. With a presence on Youtube in addition to having his personal top-rated MMA present on ABEMA TV, Asakura is making his first foray into the world of boxing. Primarily a striker, we’ll need to see how good he fares when he can solely depend on that offense. Asakura even steered they do the fight in MMA gloves which Mayweather instantly scoffed at.
This battle will probably be solely determined by how lengthy it goes by Floyd. There isn’t any science or deep evaluation to be made. It will likely be both one other simple win for Floyd or simply go the gap to a no-contest. Subsequent, please.
Kouzi vs Jizzy
Kouzi (31-16-2, 1NC, 10 KO in kickboxing) is among the most completed kickboxers from Japan. Whereas his Rizin profession hasn’t been significantly optimistic, he nonetheless is among the hottest fighters on the roster. Identified for having a granite chin, he’s a tough man to place down.
Jizzy (debut) is Floyd Mayweather’s bodyguard….. that’s all I received.
I don’t know what to jot down. Simply benefit from the sheer absurdity of this matchup.
Juri Ohara vs Luiz Gustavo
Juri Ohara (31-17-3) has been on an unimaginable 8-fight win streak and is seeking to proceed his undefeated streak in Rizin with this battle. He’s additionally the Deep light-weight champion and has many finishes by soccer kicks, stomps, and upkicks. He’s a really violent fighter and his insistence to make his fights into brawls typically prices him the win. However that’s what makes him an entertaining fighter.
Luiz Gustavo (11-2) made his battle return this 12 months after a two-plus 12 months layoff as a result of pandemic. He rematched Yusuke Yachi at Rizin Set off third the place he completed Yachi once more within the second spherical. Gustavo has the nickname “Killer” and for good purpose. He has completed all of his in brutal vogue. His placing is fierce, highly effective, and scary.
There may be completely no method this battle can or ought to go to the judges. Each are fan favorites who win their fights in thrilling vogue and this battle will hopefully set the tempo as an excellent opener for Rizin 38 following the shenanigans of Mayweather/Asakura. I anticipate each of those fighters to come back out sturdy and swinging within the first. Gustavo should take care of Ohara’s attain and vary. Ohara should be cautious of Gustavo’s energy and stress.
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Kintaro
Kyoji Horiguchi (29-5) one time held the Bellator and Rizin bantamweight championships concurrently. Although he misplaced the Bellator belt to Sergio Pettis, he’s nonetheless the Rizin champion. For the primary time ever in his profession, Horiguchi is on a two-fight shedding streak.
Kintaro (14-11-2) has been a mainstay in Rizin as a result of his recognition exterior the group. The Osaka fighter like Horiguchi is on a two-fight shedding for the primary time.
These fighters couldn’t be extra diametrically opposed. Horiguchi has a karate background and likes to counter-punch and blend in grappling. Kintaro is a brawler and infrequently ever needs the battle to go to the bottom (except he’s knocking somebody out). The important thing to this match will probably be the place Horiguchi is at this level as a fighter. He received knocked out chilly by Pettis and Patchy Combine backpacked him in his most up-to-date battle. If Horiguchi has misplaced steps and velocity as a fighter, he could possibly be knocked out by Kintaro. If he nonetheless has velocity and unorthodox offense, he’ll be capable to get a win in opposition to Kintaro.
Tremendous Rizin Full Card
Floyd Mayweather vs Mikuru Asakura (exhibition boxoing match)
Kouzi vs Jizzy (particular guidelines boxing match)
Nadaka Yoshinari vs Bandasak (kickboxing)
Kota Miura vs Bunchuai Phonsungnoen
Rizin 38 Full Card
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Kintaro (non-title match)
Seika Izawa vs Anastasiya Svetkivska (AW GP Semi-finals)
Ayaka Hamasaki vs Si Woo Park (AW GP Semi-finals)
Soo Chul Kim vs Hiromasa Ougikubo
Shoma Shibisai vs Callyu Gibran
Kyohei Hagiwara vs Chihiro Suzuki
Juri Ohara vs Luiz Gustavo