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Rizin to Hold Additional Dec. 31 Event Featuring Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Satoru Kitaoka

One New Year’s Eve event apparently isn’t enough for Rizin Fighting Federation.
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Rizin to Hold Additional Dec. 31 Event Featuring Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Satoru Kitaoka

One New Year’s Eve event apparently isn’t enough for Rizin Fighting Federation.
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Midnight Mania! RIZIN releases trailer, ruleset for Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa

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In what remains an odd event, Floyd Mayweather will box undefeated kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in Japan, at RIZIN 14. The event will also feature a superfight between flyweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi and Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell in a superb cross-promotional coup.

The ruleset this will be contested under basically eliminates all risk to Floyd Mayweather, as it is a 3-round exhibition that will not appear on either man’s boxing or MMA record. There will be no judges, so presumably there will be no winner unless someone gets a finish. Both fighters will wear 8-ounce gloves. Floyd is probably not very worried about fighting a man several weight classes below him for just three rounds.

At least the unrelentingly exciting Tenshin Nasukawa will be drawing a lot of eyes. The caption for this trailer auto-translated to:

I went to December, I cut 30 days until the final decisive battle! Floyd vs. the second trailer of the dim. I got the opportunity to converse Floyd and fist. The two strong men who have drawn the “locus” of undefeated myth in another world while putting oneself in the martial arts field play the encounter of “miracle”. Is there a more miracle going to happen? Please send it to everyone!


Insomnia

I agree with Dana White on this, especially after the troubling results from Holloway’s last two scheduled bouts. Not to be negative, but I’m just hoping nothing… bad… happens this weekend.

Gunnar Nelson says that next time Conor McGregor fights Khabib Nurmagomedov- and he expects a rematch at some point- he will definitely be involved in the preparation.

Sorry, but this is not only a stupid question from Robin Black, but also a perfect summation of his particular flair for esoteric nonsense.

Dana White calling a victim of domestic violence to make sure it is ‘cool’ to have her fight alongside a perpetrator of domestic violence is an unbelievably insensitive move, particularly as Ostovich is one of his lowest paid contractors. All this shows is that he had opportunity to think about this, and still, inexplicably, decided it was a good idea. Dana also keeps talking about redemption, but someone show me where Hardy has displayed any shred of genuine remorse for his actions. Without that, there can be no redemption, no growth.

This really shouldn’t be a question she has to face. Rachael Ostovich has enough on her plate without concerning herself with this too, and she says she would love to move forward and focus on training.

Brian Ortega has a special talent for losing fights right up until he wins them.

Brendan Schaub can’t math good.

Wilder vs. Fury, if Wilder talked like Thor.

That’s a lot of wins in a row.


Podcasts and Video

Max Holloway has a sweet sweep- let the other two Andrews break it down for you.

They also break down Brian Ortega:

Heavy Hands:


Random Land

Before the Russians went with the three-barreled space shotgun, they considered a design possibly even stranger- a space revolver chambered to accept shotgun rounds, long before the Taurus Judge.

I never thought of lemurs as ghostly but it fits.

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Scott Coker Expects Bellator, Rizin to Work Together ‘Multiple Times’ in 2019

The New Year’s Eve showdown pitting Darrion Caldwell against Kyoji Horiguchi could be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cross-promotional bouts between Bellator MMA and Rizin Fighting Federation.
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Bellator Sends Champ Darrion Caldwell to RIZIN to Clean House

Bellator has done it again.

On RIZIN’s New Years Eve show, Darrion Caldwell – Bellator’s bantamweight king – will be fighting Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi. Remember when the UFC sent Chuck Liddell to fight in PRIDE FC? This is similar, except Caldwell might actually win. And it’s cool as hell that Bellator is doing this cross-promotional thing.

Horiguchi is no pushover, though. He’s already won a RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, and was 7-1 in his UFC run, losing only to then-champ Demetrious Johnson. Caldwell is tough, the “Gooch” is tough, and this fight should be bonkers.

Here’s the official release:

Bellator is pleased to announce that the organization’s current bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will represent the promotion in an exciting matchup against 2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2). The two will compete for the inaugural Rizin bantamweight championship at Rizin 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the three-round (15-minute) Rizin FF world championship bout – which will be held in a ring under Rizin’s unique rule set – the victor of Caldwell vs. Horiguchi will leave Japan’s historic combat sports venue a Rizin FF champion. Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line in the contest.

“I am very grateful and honored that Bellator and Scott Coker would send us their unarguable bantamweight champion to fight for Rizin’s first-ever world title fight. This title fight will be a true champion vs. champion to determine the world’s best bantamweight fighter,” Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said. “We hope this kind gesture will kick off of a series of exciting matchups between both promotions in 2019. My dream would be that eventually we can co-promote a mega event in both countries with a ‘Champion Carnival’ taking place where stories and rivalries can be built and told.”

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Bellator Sends Champ Darrion Caldwell to RIZIN to Clean House

Bellator has done it again.

On RIZIN’s New Years Eve show, Darrion Caldwell – Bellator’s bantamweight king – will be fighting Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi. Remember when the UFC sent Chuck Liddell to fight in PRIDE FC? This is similar, except Caldwell might actually win. And it’s cool as hell that Bellator is doing this cross-promotional thing.

Horiguchi is no pushover, though. He’s already won a RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, and was 7-1 in his UFC run, losing only to then-champ Demetrious Johnson. Caldwell is tough, the “Gooch” is tough, and this fight should be bonkers.

Here’s the official release:

Bellator is pleased to announce that the organization’s current bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will represent the promotion in an exciting matchup against 2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2). The two will compete for the inaugural Rizin bantamweight championship at Rizin 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the three-round (15-minute) Rizin FF world championship bout – which will be held in a ring under Rizin’s unique rule set – the victor of Caldwell vs. Horiguchi will leave Japan’s historic combat sports venue a Rizin FF champion. Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line in the contest.

“I am very grateful and honored that Bellator and Scott Coker would send us their unarguable bantamweight champion to fight for Rizin’s first-ever world title fight. This title fight will be a true champion vs. champion to determine the world’s best bantamweight fighter,” Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said. “We hope this kind gesture will kick off of a series of exciting matchups between both promotions in 2019. My dream would be that eventually we can co-promote a mega event in both countries with a ‘Champion Carnival’ taking place where stories and rivalries can be built and told.”

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Bellator Sends Champ Darrion Caldwell to RIZIN to Clean House

Bellator has done it again.

On RIZIN’s New Years Eve show, Darrion Caldwell – Bellator’s bantamweight king – will be fighting Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi. Remember when the UFC sent Chuck Liddell to fight in PRIDE FC? This is similar, except Caldwell might actually win. And it’s cool as hell that Bellator is doing this cross-promotional thing.

Horiguchi is no pushover, though. He’s already won a RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, and was 7-1 in his UFC run, losing only to then-champ Demetrious Johnson. Caldwell is tough, the “Gooch” is tough, and this fight should be bonkers.

Here’s the official release:

Bellator is pleased to announce that the organization’s current bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will represent the promotion in an exciting matchup against 2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2). The two will compete for the inaugural Rizin bantamweight championship at Rizin 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the three-round (15-minute) Rizin FF world championship bout – which will be held in a ring under Rizin’s unique rule set – the victor of Caldwell vs. Horiguchi will leave Japan’s historic combat sports venue a Rizin FF champion. Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line in the contest.

“I am very grateful and honored that Bellator and Scott Coker would send us their unarguable bantamweight champion to fight for Rizin’s first-ever world title fight. This title fight will be a true champion vs. champion to determine the world’s best bantamweight fighter,” Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said. “We hope this kind gesture will kick off of a series of exciting matchups between both promotions in 2019. My dream would be that eventually we can co-promote a mega event in both countries with a ‘Champion Carnival’ taking place where stories and rivalries can be built and told.”

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Darrion Caldwell to Face Kyoji Horiguchi for Rizin Bantamweight Title on Dec. 31

A cross-promotional, champion vs. champion bout has been added to Rizin Fighting Federation’s New Year’s Eve lineup.
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Midnight Mania! RIZIN CEO Confirms Mayweather-Tenshin Is Back On

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RIZIN’s head, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, has confirmed that Tenshin Nasukawa’s fight with Mayweather is back on for New Year’s Eve.

Misunderstanding with Floyd Mayweather was settled. He confronts Nasukawa Tenshin in the RIZIN.14 ring on New Year ‘s Eve on December 31. I will speak to you at the press conference when I return to Japan. #rizinff

Floyd made sure everyone knew that the fight was purely a boxing exhibition match- no kicks allowed.

We will see if Tenshin, who is not known for his restraint in the ring, will just be “moving around” with Floyd on December 31st.


Insomnia

Speaking of notable kickboxers, Nieky Holzken vs. Cosmo Alexandre is going to be hot fire- especially in four-ounce gloves!

Ben Askren wants the winner of Masvidal-Diaz

“He’s going to kill me for forgetting his last name” but what about his first name?

Cody McKenzie is one of a kind.

TKO! Rampage Jackson has some good content on his Instagram.

Bob Ross wants to cut another ten pounds to fight Artem Lobov and I kept thinking… how??

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Sean O’Malley got a six-month suspension from the NSAC, but has yet to appear before USADA.

I chuckled at Jessica Rose-Clark landing atomic knees on her trainer.

“I’ve got a snake in my boot”

A lot of leverage on this choke

This is slickness

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Nice back take + standing bow & arrow

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Andrea Lee is working out with Aspen Ladd

This is me. Especially in jiu-jitsu- I don’t have time for all that. I came to drill and roll.

I want to pass up on including these McDojo videos… but they are always so good, the technique in them so deadly.

The meme king Derrick Lewis is back.

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Floyd Mayweather Has Already Bailed on RIZIN Fight

Well, that was quick.

Before the ink was even dry on all the news articles, famed boxer Floyd Mayweather went from fighting Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on RIZIN’s New Years Eve card, to, “Aw, hell no.”

Apparently it was all some sort of misunderstanding…? Or maybe Mayweather finally saw clips of Tenshin fighting and realized he was no Conor McGregor…? Who knows.

Here’s TMZ Sports:

“Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regards to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced.”

“First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan. Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a 9 minute exhibition of 3 rounds with an opponent selected by the ‘Rizen Fighting Federation.’”

“What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of ‘One Entertainment’ was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee. This exhibition was previously arranged as a “Special Bout” purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide.”

“Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately.”

“I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval.”

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