Diego Nunes booked to face Yusuke Yachi at RIZIN 10


Yusuke Yachi RIZIN 10

RIZIN has made announced two additional fights for its RIZIN 10 event, set for Sunday 6 May at the Marine Messe in Fukuoka, Japan.

Headlining the event is former UFC contenders Kyoji Horiguchi and Ian McCall, who will fight under special RIZIN MMA rules at 61kg. Super atomweight queen Kanna Asakarura is set to face Canada’s Melissa Karagianis.

Chairman Nobuyuki Sakakibara and GM Nobuhiko Takada and lightweight Yusuke Yachi (pictured) and announced two additional fights to the fight card for the upcoming event.

With three events set for Saitama Super Arena in 2018, RIZIN chairman Sakakibara announced a three event season seat deal will go sale at a a significant discount for the next five days.

“This will be the first time for RIZIN to set up such offer and this will be a test to see what kind of response we get, which will be put into consideration for the production setup,” he said.

General Manager Nobuhiko Takada also announced two new fights;

Ante Delija (14-3) vs Ricardo Prasel (9-0)
Yusuke Yachi (19-6) vs Diego Nunes (22-7)

Delija has been extremely successful in the European circuit before a brutal injury during a fight against Marcin Tybura in 2015, which forced him out of completion for over 2 years. The 27 year old Croatian has been Mirko CroCop’s main training partner for over a year and is more than ready to make it back into the ring. “Walking Trouble” is no stranger to the RIZIN rules, where he utilizes his soccerball kicks in Croatian promotions such as FFC.

Standing at 6’7”, the former soccer player brings a perfect 9-0 to the RIZIN ring. Prasel has finished all of his opponents, mostly by submissions. The 27-year-old Brazilian usews his long limbs to secure position on the ground and secure crafty submission finishes. Although Prasel most recently captured the Aspera FC Heavyweight title, it is no doubt that Delija will be his biggest test yet, and would have the disadvantage of having to adopt to the RIZIN rules.

Former WEC, UFC, Bellator veteran and journeyman once regarded as the top prospects coming out of Brazil. With notable wins over Matt Brown, Raphael Assuncao and Manny Gamburyan, he will definitely bring a challenge to the uprising Japanese prospect.

The 35-year-old is currently on a three-fight win streak, including his most recent win coming at lightweight.

Yusuke Yachi is coming off of a win against the fan favorite Takanori Gomi in a fight on NYE last year, in an exciting yet emotional brawl which many expected him to beat the veteran with ease. Yachi is currently riding a five-fight winning streak and four consecutive finishes and looks to extend his run in RIZIN by finishing another veteran of the sport.

“I feel like Gomi san has passed the torch to me last year, and now I feel more obligated to spread the popularity of Japanese MMA,” Yachi said.

“I want to continue to win and create a ridiculous record like Gomi san did, and become recognised not only in Japan, but globally.

“I know that Diego is a great striker and has flashy moves, but so do I. I think style wise, this fight has nothing but excitement all over it. I would really like to beat a name like Diego, and continue to fight international world class competition.

“Ultimately, it would be great to be able to fight Conor McGreagor since we are about the same age.”

Takada jumped in saying: “You’ll have to win 20 straight fights in a row to call him out.”

Sakakibara also mentioned that RIZIN will be putting emphasis on the Heavyweight division, and plans to bring in more new, international heavyweight fighters. In 2018 and hopefully one of them would be suitable to fight Mirko for his retirement fight on NYE.

Doors for its 6 May event open at 1:30pm local time, with the opening ceremony kicking off at 2:30pm. RIZIN 10 is scheduled to have a total of 12 fights.

Confirmed bouts include:

Kyoji Horiguchi vs Ian McCall
Kanna Asakura vs Melissa Karagianis
Manel Kape vs Kai Asakura
Weili Zhang vs Kanako Murata
Diego Nunes vs Yusuke Yachi
Ante Delija vs Ricardo Prasel
Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBD

Tomohiro Kitai vs Winner of RISE West tournament on 3/18
Issei Ishii vs Daishin Sakai