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RIZIN live stream: Watch World Grand Prix 2017 TONIGHT from Japan

RIZIN Fighting Federation (RIZIN FF) is just a few hours away from its World Grand Prix 2017, featuring a stacked bantamweight tournament on Friday (Dec. 29) inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Remember, this is going down in “The Land of the Rising Sun,” so broadcast times will reflect that location. That means stateside fans can catch all the mixed martial arts (MMA) action online in the embedded video above beginning at 1 a.m. ET (Thursday night into Friday morning) for $ 19.99.

It will also be available for purchase on the free FITE app from iTunes and Google Play.

Here is tonight’s complete RIZIN line up:

Men’s Bantamweight Grand Prix:

Ian McCall vs. Manel Kape
Kyoaji Horiiguchi vs. Gabriel Oliveira
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Khalid Tahna
Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Kevin Petshi

Reserve: Anthony Birchak vs. Je Hoon Moon

Women’s Super Atomweights:

Rena Kubota vs. Irene Rivera
Kanna Asakura vs. Maria Oliveira

Special Light Heavyweight Attraction:

Jiri Prochazka vs. Karl Albrelktsson

Other Featured Fights:

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Shizuka Sugiyama vs. Kana Watanabe
Kizaemon Saiga vs. Kai Asakura
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Battaryn Azjavkhlan
Reina Miura vs. Cindy Dandois
Gabi Garcia vs. Shinobu Kandori

Remember, RIZIN will complete its year-end spectacular this Sunday (Dec. 31) with the semifinals and final of its bantamweight grand prix, on a pay-per-view (PPV) card that also features the return of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Once again, we’ll have the live stream right here at MMAmania.com.

See you then!

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Tired of being treated like s—t, Mark Hunt will fight in Japan after finishing UFC contract

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight bruiser, Mark Hunt, is tired of being treated like shit as an independent contractor signed to the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.

That’s why “Super Samoan” plans to run out his current UFC contract — in which he has three fights remaining — then dash off to the “Land of the Rising Sun,” where Hunt (13-11, 1 NC) rose to prominence for PRIDE and K-1.

From his conversation with Submission Radio:

“Three fights left, this will be one of them, I got two left and then see you later. That will be the end of my career in the UFC. I have two fights left and that’s it. You probably know the path I’ve had with the UFC, but you know, it’s business. I haven’t done nothing wrong, I just don’t like to be treated like shit – even if I’m an employee or whatever and I speak my mind about it and, you know, I’ll go from there. So like I said, three fights left and I’ll move on. I’m looking at going and fighting global fights for New Zealand, Australia and probably Japan. It depends on what happens. Like I said, I’m still chasing the dream of that world title.”

At 43-years old, the aging slugger doesn’t have much time to get it done.

Hunt has not been on the best of terms with UFC, particularly promotion president Dana White. After filing suit against the organization (for this), the “Super Samoan” was temporarily benched over concerns for his health.

The New Zelander returns to action at UFC 221 in Perth (more on that here).

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Mirko Cro Cop returns, yet again, set for Dec. 31 RIZIN event in Japan

Hey, remember when Mirko Filipovic said THIS IS DEFINITELY THE END after winning the RIZIN 2016 Openweight World Grand Prix and we were all like “haha yeah okay Mirko” … well, it turns out we had a right to be skeptical.

“Cro Cop” is back, yet again.

The kickboxer-turned-mixed martial arts (MMA) legend, who was a heavyweight headliner for PRIDE FC and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), among others, will return to the RIZIN ring on Dec. 31 in Japan, according to The Underground.

“He has decided to fight in front of his beloved Japanese fans a few more times before he retires,” RIZIN head cheese Nobuyuki Sakakibara told his social media followers. “He would like to continue to face meaningful opponents until he hangs his gloves.”

His opponent will be Tsuyoshi Kohsaka because his first choice is too busy doing this.

Filipovic (35-11-2) used retirement to skip out on his United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test suspension back in 2015 after admitting to injecting growth hormone to repair a bum shoulder.

The Croat turned 43 back in September.

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Takanori Gomi Hints at Return to Japan for New Year’s Eve Fight via Instagram

They say you can’t go home again but that appears to be what Japanese MMA legend Takanori Gomi is trying to do.
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Ian McCall enters RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, fights Manel Kape on Dec. 29 in Japan

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight contender Ian McCall recently entered the RIZIN FF bantamweight grand prix, which takes place Dec. 29, 2017 inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, streaming live in North America on FITE TV.

The oft-injured McCall (13-5-1) was granted his release from the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion after failing to come to terms on a new (and rather lucrative) fight contract (more on that here).

“Uncle Creepy” has not competed since a unanimous decision loss to John Lineker in early 2015. The decision to compete in December is a bit surprising, considering it isn’t that long ago he was undergoing transcranial magnetic stimulation in San Diego, Calif., to battle “bouts of rage, bi-polar symptoms, and out-of-nowhere crying.”

Kape (7-1) is the winner of five straight, including last weekend’s technical knockout win over Erson Yamamoto at RIZIN FF 7 (full results here). “Prodigio” has six finishes in seven wins, speed evenly across knockouts and submissions.

Here’s how the brackets are shaping up:

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. TBA
Manel Kape vs. Ian McCall
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Khalid Taha
Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Kevin Petshi

See you in December.

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VIDEO: Featherweight Champ Max Holloway Kicking Around Japan

One of the perks of being a UFC star is getting to travel the world to hype events. For featherweight king Max Holloway, that means Japan – which is the site of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 117. Being the champ of one of the smaller divisions, of course Holloway checks out some sumo… because […]

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Ovince St. Preux-‘Shogun’ Rua Rematch Booked for UFC Fight Night in Japan on Sept. 23

A rematch between Ovince St. Preux and Mauricio Rua is set for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Sept. 23 trip to Japan.
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Ovince St. Preux-‘Shogun’ Rua Rematch Booked for UFC Fight Night in Japan on Sept. 23

A rematch between Ovince St. Preux and Mauricio Rua is set for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Sept. 23 trip to Japan.
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Ovince St. Preux-‘Shogun’ Rua Rematch Booked for UFC Fight Night in Japan on Sept. 23

A rematch between Ovince St. Preux and Mauricio Rua is set for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Sept. 23 trip to Japan.
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‘Shogun’ Rua campaigns for fight at upcoming UFC event in Japan

RIO DE JANEIRO — Mauricio Rua is riding a three-fight winning streak for the first time in a decade, and hopes for a chance to go back to the place where he became a star.

The last time “Shogun” had a long winning streak he was fighting for PRIDE, and a pair of those victories took place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. With the UFC scheduled to return to the Japanese venue on Sept. 23, “Shogun” wants to be part of the show.

“I look at every fight as a dream,” Rua told reporters in a media scrum during UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “My goal is to fight in September, at the UFC event in Japan. I don’t know about an opponent yet, but that’s my focus.”

Rua hasn’t competed in Japan since December 2006, when he defeated Kazuhiro Nakamura. Winner of nine of 10 fights in Japan, with his only loss being an injury against Mark Coleman earlier that year, the former PRIDE and UFC champion can’t wait to be back to Japan.

“It would be special because of the memories I have in Japan, the energy from the crowd,” Rua said. “Japan is the place that made me in the MMA world, and I love the country and the Japanese people. I’d be really happy to fight again in Saitama, the stadium where I won the world title in 2005. Coming back 12 years later would be great for me.”

Looking for his fourth straight victory, and currently ranked at No. 4 in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings, the Brazilian, who defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Corey Anderson and Gian Villante in his last three UFC bouts, won’t think about title shots just yet.

“I don’t think about anything post-fight,” Rua said. “The belt, title shot, I don’t think about it. There are some fighters ahead of me, even if I win. I know that I have to fight, that it’s going to be a tough fight because there’s no easy fight in the UFC, especially at the top. I’ll be ready for whoever.

“It’s frustrating for us to think that you’ll get a title shot with a win,” he continued. “When I entered the UFC, Dana (White) told me I’ll be fighting for the belt if I beat Forrest (Griffin), and I entered the cage already thinking about the belt, but I still had Forrest in front of me. I try not to think about it, think about the title. That depends on my wins, so I go step by step.”

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