RIZIN 2016 GP Final Weigh-In Highlights: Cro Cop No-Showed.

RIZIN 2016 GP Final Weigh-In Highlights: Cro Cop No-Showed.

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.

RIZIN 2016 GP Final Weigh-In Highlights: Cro Cop No-Showed.
Yumiko Hotta vs Gabi Garcia

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.

Andy Nguyen MikeSwick.com 2016 RIZIN World Gran Prix Finals Weigh-in Highlights
Andy Nguyen in full Pikachu

Japanese MMA is the best!

Kron Gracie vs Tatsuya Kawajiri MikeSwick.com 2016 RIZIN World Gran Prix Finals Weigh-in Highlights
Kron Gracie vs Tatsuya Kawajiri

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.

Watch RIZIN World Grand Prix 2016 Final Round Live Here!

Weigh-In Results:

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.*

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Kron Gracie Discusses His RIZIN 2016 Grand Prix Final Round Match With Tatsuya Kawajiri

Kron Gracie Discusses His RIZIN 2016 Grand Prix Final Round Match With Tatsuya Kawajiri

MikeSwick.com is on location in Tokyo for the RIZIN Open Weight Grand Prix. Kron Gracie sat down with us and discussed his final round match with Tatsuya Kawajiri. He also touches on the origin of his “Ice Cream” nickname, and training with the Diaz brothers.

 

FOLLOW KRON GRACIE:

Website: KronGracieJiuJitsu.com
Facebook: facebook.com/krongraciejiujitsu
Twitter: twitter.com/gracie_kron
Instagram: instagram.com/riokid

FOLLOW RIZIN:

Website: http://www.rizinff.com/en/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rizin_PR
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rizinfightingfederation
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rizinff/

RIZIN Fighting Federation (RIZIN FF) is a Japanese regional mixed martial arts organization. It was created in 2015 by the former Pride FC president Nobuyuki Sakakibara.

RIZIN FF will broadcast on Spike TV in. The same network that houses Bellator MMA. Other official partnering broadcasters will be SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, Fuji Television, Fox Sports Brazil, Kix and Match TV.