Rizin Fighting Federation 1

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A Brief History

Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix -SARABA no en- was a mixed martial arts event held by Rizin Fighting Federation. It took place at the Saitama Super Arena on December 29, 2015.

Digging Deeper

Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix -SARABA no en-
Information
Promotion Rizin Fighting Federation
Date December 29, 2015
Venue Saitama Super Arena
City Saitama
Attendance 12,214
Event chronology
Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix -SARABA no en- Rizin Fighting Federation 2

Background

In November 2015, ESPN reported that while still being signed to Bellator, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal became the first announced Bellator fighter to participate on Rizin’s inaugural card.

Results

Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Shinya Aoki def. Kazushi Sakuraba TKO (corner stoppage) 1 5:56
Heavyweight Jiří Procházka def. Satoshi Ishii KO (head kick and knees) 1 1:36 [a]
Heavyweight Vadim Nemkov def. Goran Reljić KO (punches) 1 2:58 [b]
Heavyweight Teodoras Aukstuolis def. Bruno Henrique Cappelozza KO (punch) 1 3:32 [c]
Heavyweight Muhammed Lawal def. Brett McDermott KO (punches) 1 9:10 [d]
Heavyweight Valentin Moldavsky def. Yuta Uchida Submission (rear naked choke) 1 2:20 [e]
Bantamweight Hiroyuki Takaya def. Daiki Hata Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Hideo Tokoro def. Kizaemon Saiga Submission (armbar) 1 5:16
Middleweight Anatoly Tokov def. A.J. Matthews KO (punch) 1 0:55
Lightweight (K-1 rules) Hinata Watanabe def. Kazuyuki Miyata TKO (punches) 1 2:15
Lightweight (K-1 rules) Hiroya def. Akiyo Nishiura KO (punch) 3 1:10
Flyweight Felipe Efrain vs. Yuki Motoya No Contest (Overturned) 1 5:45 [f]
Heavyweight Kirill Sidelnikov def. Carlos Toyota TKO (punches) 1 2:23
Heavyweight Tsuyoshi Kosaka def. James Thompson TKO (punches) 2 1:58
  1. a Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals
  2. b Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals
  3. c Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals
  4. d Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals
  5. e Heavyweight Grand Prix Reserve Fight
  6. f Originally a KO win for Efrain, the result was changed to “No Contest” due to Efrain missing the weight limit.

Rizin 2015 Heavyweight Grand Prix Bracket

Quarterfinals (Dec. 29) Semifinals (Dec. 31) Finals (Dec. 31)
Jiri Prochazka KO
Satoshi Ishii 1
Jiri Prochazka TKO
Vadim Nemkov 1
Vadim Nemkov KO
Goran Reljic 1
Jiri Prochazka KO
Muhammed Lawal 1
Teodoras Aukstuolis KO
Bruno Cappelozza 1
Teodoras Aukstuolis UD
Muhammed Lawal 2
Muhammed Lawal KO
Brett McDermott 1
  • Alternate bout: Valentin Moldavsky def. Yuta Uchida by Submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1.

Reception

Karim Zidan of SB Nation described the event “heard on laptop screens and television sets around the world” as “a reminder of a bygone decade” and noted that “the 10-minute opening round was certainly a welcome addition to the broadcast and helped distinguish Rizin from its international competitors” and that the “show surpassed all expectations.”

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