Saiga out of RIZIN 16 with injury

Saiga Kizaemon will have to watch RIZIN 16 from the sidelines. Photo: Akihito Tatematsu.

RIZIN 16 takes place this Sunday at the Kobe World Memorial Hall and there’s been another late change to the lineup.

The promotion has announced Saiga Kizaemon withdrew from his scheduled fight against Kunitaka due to injury.

Saiga was not cleared to fight by the during his pre-fight medical exams. The diagnosis was that Saiga may be suffering visual field contraction led by a previous orbital fracture.

Heavy hitting veteran Ryuji Horio will step in on four days notice to fill the spot.

In the main event of RIZIN 16, Tenshin Nasukawa will face Martin Blanco for the now vacant ISKA Featherweight title.

The co-main event sees super atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki face Invicta FC atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey – a rematch almost three years in the making.

RIZIN 16 lineup now includes:


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