King Reina returns for RIZIN 17

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King Reina back for RIZIN 17. Photo Akihito Tatematsu.

Rising women’s MMA star “King” Reina Miura has been added to the RIZIN 17 card at Saitama Super Arena on 28 July.

Miura (11-2) is set to square off against Swiss fighter Stephanie Egger (3-1) in a 63kg women’s MMA match.

For the past two years, Miura has been one of the busiest competitors on the JMMA circuit, competing up to five times a year with RIZIN and DEEP Jewels. This year shaping up as an equally busy year for the 22-year-old.

In March this year King Reina needed just 25 seconds to knock out Mao Ueda in the co-main event of DEEP Jewels 23. That fight took place in the 68kg catchweight. At RIZIN 17 she will drop to 63kg, something she described as a new challenge.

She returned for a grappling match against Liz Carmouche Quintet Fight Night 3 in Tokyo which ended in a draw.

“My opponent is tall and has fought in Invicta before, but I do think she has many holes in her standup. I will go and expose that and get the win.”

RIZIN 17

Also announced for the Saitama Super Arena on 28 July is undefeated Russian prospect Ivan Shtyrkov.

Earlier this year Shtyrkov (16-0-1) signed with the UFC and was due to make his debut at UFC Saint Petersburg. He was subsequently pulled from the event due to an “abnormal” USADA test result.

With his UFC contract now terminated, the “Ural Hulk” will make his promotional debut in Japan against South Korea’s Kim Hoon (10-12-2).

As previously announced, Japanese legend Tatsuya Kawajiri (36-13-2) will make his return to the RIZIN ring to participate in the Lightweight GP qualifying round. He will face the undefeated Russian prospect Ali Abdulkhalikov (7-0).

UFC veteran Johnny Case (25-6-1) will make his second appearance for RIZIN to meet journeyman Satoru Kitaoka (42-19-9) for a spot on the October card.

RIZIN 17 card now includes:

· Yusuke Yachi vs Mikuru Asakura
· Yuki Motoya vs Hiromasa Ogikubo
· Shintaro Ishiwatari vs Ulka Sasaki
· Tatsuya Kawajiri vs Ali AbdulKhalikov
· Satoru Kitaoka vs Johnny Case
· Roberto de Souza vs Mizuto Hirota
· Seo Hee Ham vs Tomo Maesawa
· Jake Heun vs Vitaly Shemetov
· Ivan Shtyrkov vs Kim Hoon
· King Reina vs Stephanie Egger
· Kevin Ross vs Daiki Watabe (Kickboxing)
· Taiga vs Hikari Machida (Kickboxing)

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