Just five days out from RIZIN 19 in Osaka, Rena Kubota has a new opponent.
Kubota’s original opponent Shawna Ram suffered a concussion in training and has withdrawn from the event, according to RIZIN president Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
Ram will be replaced by Alexandra Alvare, who brings a 0-3 record with all defeats coming via knockout.
Kubota (8-3) kickstarted her MMA career with six back-to-back wins, before her first defeat at the hands of Kanna Asakura at the 2017 RIZIN World Grand Prix.
She lost her second fight with Asakura at RIZIN 11 and was recently defeated by Lindsey VanZandt in a crossover bout at Bellator 222.
RIZIN 19 takes place at the Edion Arena in Osaka this Sunday (12 Oct.), where light heavyweight champ Jiri Prochazka (24-3-1) meets Fabio Maldonado in a non-title 100kg bout.
After defeating Kyoji Horiguchi at RIZIN 18, Kai Asakura (13-1) returns to take on former UFC veteran and crafty grappler Ulka Sasaki (22-7).
The event will also feature the opening bouts of RIZIN’s Lightweight Grand Prix, plus super atomweight contenders Ham Seo-Hee Ham (21-8) vs. Miyuu Yamamoto (5-3).
RIZIN 19 card includes:
Jiri Prochazka vs. Fabio Maldonado
Kai Asakura vs. Ulka Sasaki
Ham Seo Hee vs. Miyuu Yamamoto
Rena Kubota vs. Alexandra Alvare
Keita Nakamura vs. Marcos Yoshio Souza
Taiju Shiratori vs. Taiga
Shoma Shibisai vs. Chang Hee Kim
Johnny Case vs. Roberto Satoshi
Patricky Freire vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Luiz Gustavo vs. Hiroto Uesako
Tofiq Musaev vs. Damien Brown
Shintaro Matsukura vs. Takuma Konishi
Seiki Ueyama vs Taisei Umei