New Japan Organization Will Be Called ‘Rizin Fighting Federation’

Fedor Emelianenko

Well it’s official. We now know the name of the new MMA organization out of Japan, run by former PRIDE FC boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara. At a recent press conference it was announced that the promotion will be called ‘Rizin Fighting Federation.’

Many expected them to announce Fedor Emelianenko’s opponent at the press conference, but that wasn’t the case. Earlier in the week it was reported that his opponent will be a 1-0 MMA fighter named Jaideep Singh. So, we still don’t know 100% if that’s the case. At the presser they did announce that there will be a two night event called the Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2015. There are three days of action, but one of those days will serve as a fan event.

The fight between Shinya Aoki and Kazushi Sakuraba was confirmed, but that was the only fight. They said that Gabi Garcia and Rena Kubota would both be competing, but not against each other.

The fights will take place in a ring and will follow the old PRIDE rules. Bellator president Scott Coker said that there will be Bellator MMA fighters competing at the event.

Thoughts?