Gomi signs with RIZIN, set to face Yusuke Yachi on NYE

Yusuke Yachi vs Takanori Gomi RIZIN NEW ASIA MMA
Yusuke Yachi to face his idol Takanori Gomi. Photo: RIZIN.

Takanori Gomi (35-14-1NC), who has had a long and significant career in Japan, will be returning to the Japanese ring after eight years of competing in the UFC.

The former PRIDE and Shooto lightweight champion is set to face the rising star Yusuke Yachi (18-6), who is undefeated in RIZIN with all wins coming by way of knockout. The Krazybee product has notable wins against Satoru Kitaoka and Daron Cruickshank.

A fight that was supposed to happen a year ago, has been rebooked for NYE as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu standout Gabi Garcia (4-0-1) faces women’s pro wrestling legend and women’s MMA pioneer Shinobu Kandori (4-1).

The 10 time Jiu Jitsu world champion has competed twice in 2017, with both fights resulting in a no contest and looks to finish her year with a clean victory. “Mr. Women’s prowrestlinng” was scheduled to compete against Garcia on NYE of 2016, but was forced to pull out due to a fractured sternum.

Her long time teammate Yumiko Hotta took the short notice fight and was finished by Garcia in the first round. Kandori swears to redeem herself and Hotta, by facing the Brazilian and coming out victorious.

Also confirmed is Hideo Tokoro’s protégé Seiichiro Ito (12-1-2) vs former Outsider champion and rising prospect Kai Asakura (8-1) in a promising scrap.

RIZIN CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara confirmed a four man one night kick boxing tournament on NYE.

Sunabe vs Fujita RIZIN FF NYE 2017 MMA JAPAN

The first round will be matched up between long time MMA veteran and current Pancrase strawweight king Mitsuhisa Sunabe against rising prospect and boxing elite Yamato Fujita.

Tenshin Nasukawa will be competing on the other side of the bracket currently without an opponent, which will be determined out of a list of fighters who wish to face the 19-year-old Phenom.

The RIZIN World Grand Prix 2017 kicks off from 3pm on 29 December at the Saitama Super Arena. A grappling, BJJ and amateur MMA tournament will form part of its three-day festival, with self-defense classes and seminars to run in conjunction with a Fan Expo.

RIZIN FF 29 December:

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

Super Fight
· Jiri Prochazka vs Karl Albrektsson
· King Reina vs Cindy Dandois
· Seiichiro Ito vs Kai Asakura
· Gabi Garcia vs Shinobu Kandori

RIZIN FF 31 December

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

RIZIN Kick boxing tournament Semi Finals
· Yamato Fujita vs Mitsuhisa Sunabe
· Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBD

RIZIN Kick boxing tournament Finals
· TBD vs TBD

Super fight
· Mirko Crocop vs Tsuyoshi Kosaka
· Shinju Auclair vs Chelsea Lagrasse
· Takanori Gomi vs Yusuke Yachi