Rizin FF will return on April 17th with a card in Nagoya. The event is set for the 10,000 capacity Nippon Gaishi Hall and is likely to feature Fedor Emelianenko who made a successful comeback, stopping Jaideep Singh on New Year’s Eve.
Rizin FF recently held two events at Saitama Super Arena featuring the likes of Shinya Aoki, Kazushi Sakuraba and Andy Souwer. The 31 December show was broadcast live in Japan by Fuji TV and reportedly scored 7.3% in the country’s TV ratings for that night, slightly less than expected.
Nobuyuki Sakakibara revealed that the two Rizin FF events had cost an eye watering 1 billion yen (US$84 million) of which at least $1 million is likely to have gone to Fedor. Another US$300,000 went to Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal for winning the eight man heavyweight tournament.
The global response to Rizin FF’s inaugural shows was overwhelmingly positive but the newly formed Japanese organization might struggle to recoup such a substantial investment. However Sakakibara seems determined to try and recapture the glory days of Japanese MMA and that means Fedor’s comeback is set to continue in 2016.