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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    You have a time machine?
     
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