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RIZIN FF Open Weight Grand Prix 2016 - Opening Round
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Author:  NWOWolfpack [ Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:52 pm ]
Post subject:  RIZIN FF Open Weight Grand Prix 2016 - Opening Round

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Cro Cop and Wanderlei Silva Announced for RIZIN FF OWGP


MMA and Kickboxing legend Mirko Filipovic and Brazilian superstar Wanderlei Silva are among the confirmed participants for an upcoming RIZIN FF open-weight grand prix. Former PRIDE head and current RIZIN FF boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced the Japanese promotion’s plans, with the tournament kicking off on Sept. 25 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Four of the 16 tournament participants, including Filipovic and Silva, will receive a bye in the opening round and will automatically advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal round, which is scheduled for Dec. 29.

The tournament is scheduled to wrap up on Dec. 31. Additional tournament entrants scheduled for the opening round include longtime Japanese veteran Kazuyuki Fujita (15-11) and sumo stylist Kaido Hoovelson (1-0), also known as “Baruto Kaito.” Opening round matchups are expected to be announced later this month.


RIZIN FF Open Weight Grand Prix:
Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic vs. TBA
Wanderlei Silva vs. TBA
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. TBA
Kaido Hoovelson vs. TBA


Non-Tournament Bouts:
Daron Cruickshank vs. Andy Souwer
Gabi Garcia vs. TBA
Kanako Murata vs. TBA



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Author:  NWOWolfpack [ Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Cro Cop and Wanderlei Silva Announced for RIZIN FF OWGP

Here is an excerpt the official press release:


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RIZIN FF, the combat sports federation headed by former PRIDE Fighting Championships boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara, announced at a press conference today that all-time great Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (MMA: 31-11-1, 1 NC; Kickboxing: 23-8, 12 KO's) will come out of retirement and return to Japan, where his legendary career was born, to compete in the highly-anticipated, 16-man, open weight "Grand Prix" tournament that begins in Tokyo on Sunday, Sept. 25.

A former PRIDE and K-1 Grand Prix tournament champion, Filipovic earned his place as one of the greatest martial arts combatants in history with an elite set of striking skills that helped him earn the most first round finishes as well as the most head kick knockouts in PRIDE history.

Author:  NWOWolfpack [ Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: RIZIN FF Open Weight Grand Prix 2016 - Opening Round

RIZIN FF World Grand Prix 2016: Opening Round
September 25, 2016
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama, Japan


Updated Fight Card:


Open Weight Tournament Bout: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. TBA
Open Weight Tournament Bout: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. TBA
Open Weight Tournament Bout: Baruto Kaito vs. TBA
Open Weight Tournament Bout: Jiri Prochazka vs. TBA
Open Weight Tournament Bout: Teodorasu Aukstuolis vs. TBA
Open Weight Tournament Bout: Karl Albrektsson vs. TBA
Open Weight Tournament Bout: Valentine Moldavski vs. TBA
Open Weight Tournament Bout: Amir Aliakbari vs. TBA
Lightweight: Daron Cruickshank vs. Andy Souwer
Heavyweight: Gabi Garcia vs. Destanie Yarbrough
Strawweight: Kanako Murata vs. Kyra Batara
Weight TBD: Rena Kubota vs. Miyuu Yamamoto
Weight TBD: Asen Yamamoto vs. Kizaemon Saiga
Featherweight: Charles Bennett vs. Minoru Kimura

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