RIZIN 15 is coming in strong. The promotion has today added three new bouts to the line up, including a new signee in BJJ and QUINTET star Roberto Satoshi Souza.
Last week RIZIN announced four big matchups, including the promotion’s first light heavyweight title bout between Bellator representative King Mo and RIZIN mainstay Jiri Prochazka.
RIZIN CEO Sakakibara has announced three additional fights for RIZIN 15.
With an excellent resume in submission grappling, Roberto ‘Satoshi’ Souza has remained undefeated in his six grappling bouts in Metamoris and Quintet, including opponents like Clark Gracie and Gordon Ryan – with his most notable victory coming against Japanese veteran Daisuke Nakamura.
Coming into MMA, Souza has won all seven of his bouts by submission, winning the Real Fight Tournament Championship in 2016. With his RIZIN debut against skilled grappler Satoru Kitaoka, Souza will have a baptism by fire against battle-tested veteran.
A three-time ZST flyweight champion, Ito last competed in RIZIN against Kizaemon Saiga, winning via unanimous decision in Yokohama.
An extremely competent grappler, Ito defeated Japanese legend Hideo Tokoro in a grappling contest in 2017, as well as well as drawing in his last outing against Shooto and PRIDE veteran, Daisuke Sugie. He was scheduled to compete on last year’s NYE event against Kai Asakura, but he now returns to face Manel Kape – once again in Yokohama.
Koji Takeda, fighting nearly his entire professional career in DEEP, the young prodigy finally earned his first world championship in October of last year. Boasting an undefeated record of 8-0, with his title victory coming against RIZIN fan-favorite Satoru Kitaoka, Takeda will be looking to make waves in the lightweight division as he takes on Damien Brown.
RIZIN 15 Confirmed Fights
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Ben Nguyen
King Mo vs Jiri Prochazka
Kai Asakura vs Ulka Sasaki
Mikuru Asakura vs Luiz Gustavo
Damien Brown vs Koji Takeda
Satoru Kitaoka vs Roberto Satoshi Souza
Manel Kape vs Seiichiro Ito