Japan has a long history of New Year’s Eve shows events and a new global MMA promotion run by former Pride president Nobuyuki Sakakibara will make its debut in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve, headlined by MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.
Rizin Fighting Federation will held its inaugural show at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Tokyo, tonight will a 10-card show that warms up the New Year’s Eve line-up featuring the return of former Pride FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko in the main event.
In the main event of the Grand Prix Round 1, ONE Championship Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki sent Kazushi Sakuraba to the ground early to secure the TKO win.
Thursday’s show will feature the tournament final and a main event between Fedor and Jaideep Singh.
29 December show
Grand Prix Round 1
Mohammad “King Mo” Lawal vs. Brett McDermott
Bruno Cappelozza vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis
Satoshi Ishii vs. Jiri Prochazka
Goran Reljic vs. Vadim Nemkov
Valentin Moldavsky vs. Yuta Uchida (Reserve fight)
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Shinya Aoki
A.J. Mathhews vs. Anatoly Tokov
James Thompson vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. DJ Taiki
Kirill Sidelnikov vs. Carlos Toyota
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Hinata Watanabe
Yuki Motoya vs. Felipe Efrain
Akiyo Nishiura vs. Hiroya Kawabe
31 December show
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jaideep Singh
TBD vs. TBD [Grand Prix Tournament Final]
Brennan Ward vs. Ken Hasegawa
Tournament Semi-final x 2
Yang Ming vs. Takeru
Kaido Höövelson vs. Jerome Le Banner
Shoot Boxing Rules
Bob Sapp vs. Akebono
Kron Gracie vs Asen Yamamoto
Gabi Garcia vs. Lei’d Tapa
RENA vs. Jleana Valentino
Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Andy Souwer