Ayaka Hamasaki returns to face Thailand’s Suawanan Boonsorn at RIZIN 18

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Ayaka Hamasaki defeated Jinh Yu Frey at RIZIN 16.

RIZIN continues to build out its RIZIN 18 card, set for the Dolphins Arena in Nagoya on 18 August.

New additions to the card include super atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki (18-2), who returns after a hard fought title defense to face tough Thai Suawanan Boonsorn (5-1) in a non-title fight.

Since winning Full Metal Dojo’s atomweight title in November last year, Boonsorn has found success with Deep Jewels, where she defeated Emi Sato at just 33 seconds into the opening round.

“Amp” who trains out of Phuket Top Team said she was ready for the challenge.

“I have absolutely no intention of losing and I plan to beat her and become a Thai legend in Thai women’s MMA,” she said.

Bantamweights clash

RIZIN continues to deepen its bantamweight roster with a two new international signings.

Justin Scoggins (11-6) looks to bounce back from him loss against former Shooto Pacific Rim champion Kazuma Sone (23-18-1), while Victor Henry (18-4), who recently claimed the DEEP bantamweight title, will make his RIZIN debut against 21-year-old Australian MMA and Kickboxing sensation Trent Girdham (11-2).

Jarod Brooks (14-2) returns to action after 11 months in his weight class against current DEEP strawweight champion Haruo Ochi (19-7-2).

The main event of RIZIN 18 sees Kyoji Horiguchi take on rising star Kai Asakura in what will also be a non-title affair.

Next up for the promotion is RIZIN 17, which goes down this weekend at the Saitama Super Arena.

RIZIN 18 confirmed fights:

Kyoji Horiguchi vs Kai Asakura
Kanna Asakura vs Alesha Zappitella
Manel Kape vs Takeya Mizugaki
Hiroto Uesako vs Yves Landu
Takaki Soya vs Yutaro Muramoto
Ayaka Hamasaki vs Suwanan Boonsorn
Kazuma Sone vs Justin Scoggins
Haruo Ochi vs Jarred Brooks
Victor Henry vs Trent Girhdam

Kickboxing
John Wayne Parr vs Danilo Zanolini
Ryuji Horio vs Uchu Sakurai
Shota Takiya vs Kazuki Osaki

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