There is never a dull moment in Japanese MMA. Ever. Sometimes, even weigh-ins can be a spectacle. That’s exactly what the 2016 Rizin GP weigh-ins were. There was one noticeable absence, however. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović was a no-show.
Big lovable Baruto was left all by himself on the weigh-in stage, as his opponent Mirko Cro Cop did not make an appearance. Fear not, there were still many things to talk about.
The part that has the internet buzzing is the matchup between Gabi Garcia and Yumiko Hotta. Hotta weighed in at about 171 pounds and she’s 5’6. Gabi Garcia is 6’2 and weighed in at 208. Sure it could be considered an uneven affair, with Garcia having a 40 pound weight advantage. However, Hotta is 49 years old and has ‘grown woman strength’. If not, she can always hit Garcia with her hand chains and lightning strikes.
Like we stated before, Cro Cop was absent from the weigh-ins. MikeSwick.com has since received confirmation from a source close to RIZIN that Cro Cop is still fighting. Just unknown circumstances that caused him to miss the weigh-ins.
Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett also made news by not being at the weigh-ins and MikeSwick.com was told it was over visa issues. His fight with Minoru Kimura has now been cancelled as a result. MikeSwick.com will be speaking with Bennett to find out exactly what his visa issues were, very soon.
Andy Nguyen came out dressed as the Pokemon character, Pikachu. Not exactly breaking news, but… when you add in the man sized Cup-O-Noodles, wearing a Speedo and Genki Sudo mask, it gets people talking.
Japanese MMA is the best!
Tune in to MikeSwick.com tonight at 1 am ET/ 10 pm PST for the FREE live stream to the 2016 RIZIN World Grand Prix NYE Finals event.
Tatsuya Kawajiri(65.5kg) vs Kron Gracie(65.5kg)
Hideo Tokoro(61.5kg) vs Erson Yamamoto(61.7kg)
RENA(48.9kg) vs Hanna Tyson(48.7kg)
Andy Nguyen(49.0kg) vs Miyuu Yamamoto(48.7kg)
Kizaemon Saiga(58.0kg) vs Dillin West(57.7kg)
Gabi Garcia(94.9kg) vs Yumiko Hotta(77.6kg)
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai(82.0kg) vs Wataru Sakata(80.7kg)
Amir Aliakbari(116.1kg) vs Valentin Moldavsky(102.2kg)
Mirko Cro Cop(106.0kg) vs Baruto(180.0kg)
Tenshin Nasukawa(56.6kg) vs Kawika Oligo(56.45kg)
*Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs Minoru “PHILIP” Kimura is cancelled.*