MIRKO MAKES HIS RETURN IN THE RIZIN RING AFTER A 1 YEAR LAYOFF, GETS TSUYOSHI KOSAKA FOR HIS COMEBACK FIGHT. KOSAKA AND SAKAKIBARA PLAN MAKE STATEMENT ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH.

   

“TOKYO – November 12th, 2017 – RIZIN FF Chairman Sakakibara posted a 15 second promo video for their upcoming New Year’s Eve show, which hinted a matchup between 2 legendary fighters causing people to speculate what is going on. Well, it seems that it is official: PRIDE and RIZIN Grand-Prix champion Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipović (35-11-2 [1]) will face off in a heavyweight contest with fellow PRIDE veteran Tsuyoshi “TK” Kohsaka (29-19-2) on December 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

The Croatian hero hinted at a possible retirement after he won the inaugural RIZIN open-weight Grand Prix in 2016, finishing all of his opponents; 2015 RIZIN Grand-Prix champion King Mo, the previously undefeated 400-lb sumo champion “Baruto” Kaido Hoovelson, and the 2-time Greco-Roman wrestling world champion Amir Aliakbari (who was also undefeated at the time) were amongst Cro Cop’s tournament triumph. However, leaving the door open to a potential farewell fight has lead to a full-fledged return under the premier Japanese MMA banner.

Meanwhile, Kohsaka (aka ‘TK’), is coming off of a loss against “Baruto” Kaido Hoovelson in last year’s Grand Prix, but has an even 1-1 record in RIZIN competition, with his last win coming via technical knockout over fan-favorite and former Ultimate Combat World Heavyweight Champion, James Thompson.

Chairman Sakakibara, General Manager Takada, and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka are scheduled to appear at a press conference held on November 17th Friday to talk about the reason behind this matchup and back story on how the card was put together, with a few other announcements with confirmed bouts.

The press conference will be streamed live on RIZIN’s official Youtube account and Facebook account with English translations.

Confirmed fights:
[December 29th]
<Bantamweight GP Quarter Finals>

Ian McCall vs Manel Kape
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Gabriel Oliveira Thalid Taha vs Takafumi Otsuka Kevin Petshi vs Shintaro Ishiwatari <Bantamweight GP reserve bout> Anthoy Birchak vs Jae Hoon Moon

[December 31st]
<Bantamweight GP Semi Finals>
TBD vs TBD
TBD vs TBD
<Bantamweight GP Finals>
TBD vs TBD
<Women’s Super-Atom Weight GP Semi Finals> RENA vs Irene Rivera
Maria Oliveira vs Kanna Asakura
<Women’s Super-Atom Weight GP Finals>
TBD vs TBD

[Date TBD]
<Super fight>
Mirko Crocop vs Tsuyoshi Kosaka Jiri Prochazka vs Karl Albrektsson

 
   
Name:
RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GRAND-PRIX 2017 Bantam & Woman's Super Atom Weight Tournament 2nd ROUND/Final ROUND
Date:
December 29&31, 2017
Venue:
Saitama Super Arena
Access:
Saitama Super Arena
Twitter:
@rizin_PR
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/rizinfightingfederation

Ticket
StubHub
Japanese (JPY)
https://www.stubhub.jp/rizin-fighting-federation/ca10998
English (USD)
https://intl.stubhub.com/rizin-fighting-federation-tickets/ca10998
한국어 (KRW)
https://www.stubhub.co.kr/%EB%9D%BC%EC%9D%B4%EC%A7%84%20%ED%8C%8C%EC%9D%B4%ED%8C%85%20%ED%8E%98%EB%8D%94%EB%A0%88%EC%9D%B4%EC%85%98-rizin-fighting-federation-%ED%8B%B0%EC%BC%93/ca10998
中文 - 简体 (CNY)
https://www.stubhub.com.cn/rizin%E6%A0%BC%E6%96%97%E8%81%94%E7%9B%9F-%E9%97%A8%E7%A5%A8/ca10998
Russian (RUB)
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Portuguese (BRL)
https://www.stubhub.com.br/ingressos-rizin-fighting-federation/ca10998

Broadcast:
  
<FITE TV> Worldwide
(excluding Japan)
December29(fri) & 31(sun) Live Streaming

http://www.rizinff.com/en/
https://www.fite.tv/
Price:
Dec 29 – US$19.99
Dec 31 – US$19.99
2-day RIZIN Pack – US$29.99
<PPV>
North America & Canada
December31(sun) 5:00am EST- / 2:00am PST-

North America: iN Demand, Vubiquity, DISH

Canada: SaskTel, Telus, Rogers, BellTV
Price:
US$24.95(HD) / US$19.95(SD)
<NOVA TV> Croatia
December31(sun) Broadcast and Streaming
<B1B Action Television> Bulgaria
December31(sun) Live Broadcast