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Rizin Fighting Federation officially announced some news related to its upcoming event on Oct. 12 in Osaka, Japan, including the eight fighters that will be part of the lightweight tournament.
The fight card will be headlined by Rizin light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka taking on UFC veteran Fabio Maldonado in a 220-pound non-title bout.
Prochazka (24-3-1) is coming off eight straight victories, capped off by a title win over Muhammed Lawal in April, while Maldonado (25-13) returns to MMA after a pair of defeats in boxing bouts earlier this year. In his last MMA fight in Dec. 2018, the Brazilian striker finished Thiago Silva Batista in Sao Paulo.
The other match-ups confirmed for the event are Seo Hee Ham vs Miyuu Yamamoto, Marcos de Souza vs Keita Nakamura and Rena Kubota vs Shawna Ram.
Prochazka meets Maldonado in non-title fight at Rizin 19; participants announced for lightweight GP
In almost exactly a months time, RIZIN will hold their 19th event as RIZIN 19 takes place in Osaka, Japan on October 12.
RIZIN revealed on Wednesday morning who the participants of their upcoming eight-man lightweight Grand Prix tournament will be. The specific matchups have yet to be announced.
Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (21-8)
Johnny Case (26-6-1)
Luiz Gustavo (9-1)
Tatsuya Kawajiri (37-13-2)
Tofiq Musaev (15-3)
Roberto “Satoshi” de Souza (9-0)
Damien Brown (19-12)
Hiroto Uesako (16-7)
The most notable participant of the stacked lineup is obviously the Bellator legend, one-half of the Pitbull brothers, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.
Both Pitbull brothers have expressed their interest in competing in RIZIN in the past and now one will finally get to make it happen. Patricio, on the other hand, is busy competing in the Bellator featherweight Grand Prix while holding his two title belts.
RIZIN reveals lightweight GP lineup, plus several other fights for RIZIN 19