Bellator and Rizin FF to hold ‘historic’ event on Dec. 29 in Japan, Fedor vs Rampage headlines

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    An “emergency” press conference set for Wednesday in Tokyo is expected to announce Bellator’s debut in Japan.

    Rizin FF CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara broke the news of the gathering on Monday, touting a “historical” cross-promotional event between the Japanese promotion and its American counterpart on Dec. 29 at a location to be announced.

    Sakakibara will, of course, be in attendance at the presser, as will former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and Bellator president Scott Coker.


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    A Rizin FF official confirmed Sakakibara’s announcement to MMA Fighting. Coker could not immediately be reached for comment. The Bellator executive has long teased a trip overseas to the promotional home of its partner, with whom it shares talent.

    Over the summer, Coker said the promotion was working on a major show with Rizin and teased the possibility of a heavyweight fight between Emelianenko and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, both of whom who once served under Sakikibara in the now-defunct PRIDE FC as major company stars.

    Twelve years after Pride folded, Emelianenko and Jackson are now colleagues under the Bellator banner, and Jackson, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, is now firmly committed to the big-man division.

    Coker also presented the possibility of rekindling a long-dormant rivalry between Emelianenko and veteran heavyweight Josh Barnett, who recently signed with Bellator. The standouts were set to meet at Affliction: Trilogy in 2009 when a positive drug test scratched Barnett from the card, leading to the promotion’s rapid implosion.

    Rizin and Pride are known for promoting blowout events on New Year’s Eve. Emelianenko has been a regular fixture of the year-end shows throughout his decorated career.




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    Wow I hope Fedor gets a win over someone and retires. Still, this is a cool development.
     
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    I really hope it's not Rampage.
    Just give him Bigfoot please or Werdum!
     
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    I would be more interested in seeing some actual cross promotional fights. Having Bellator fighters fight each other but under a shared banner is not as fun as one promotions best verses another's best.
     
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    patricky pitbul is fighting kawajiri this friday at rizin 19
     
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    I think that's what might be happening to a degree with this.
     
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    Rumor is that Ryan Bader will be fighting for the Rizin LHW title against their champion, Jiri Prochazka
     
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    Man I'm so conflicted. I feel like if Rampage connects at all this is over. Fedor needs to keep fighting people with pillow fists like Chael. On the other hand, I think Fedor can tool Rampage on the ground. Ughhhhh damn you Coker, stop playing with my feelings.
     
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    None of this will really figure out a top dog and I don't care. I'm hyped.
     
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    This is a fight i want to see.jiri takes it in a ring.bader takes it in a cage
     
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    also kai asakura wrecks any 135ers that bellator has and he competes at 130lbs
     
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    Fedor vs Page? Did we just time warp back to 2002? Another case of bellator being bellator.
     
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    I've grown very fond of Rizin's music, it now = JMMA to me.
    Of course, they knew they'd hook everyone by playing it during intermissions.
    I've now listened to slightly more of that, time-wise, than actual Rizin combat.
     
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    aint that the truth. rizin ff did a AMA on r/mma a couple years ago. people geve them the gears about the intermission being so long and late for north america and told them that was were they lose fans. they said they were listening and would consider their options to do something about that.i was hoping they would go to a panel,talk about the fights or fights coming up. instead they just played the music on a loop and showed uncommentated highlights . even the addition of a countdown timer for the intermission length would be an improvement
     
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    I think plenty of NA fans (like me) would be fine with an edited ppv broadcast after the fact like Pride. I know plenty still want to see it live but I think a majority and incremental fans would prefer that. But they don't seem interested in the NA audience, unlike PRIDE...
     
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    if you pay for it thru fite.tv you get free lifetime replays
     
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    Like @jason73@jason73 said, just buy it and play it at whatever time works best for you.
     
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