Post RIZIN thoughts. Both Mirko Cro Cop and Amir Aliakbari shine.

Post Rizin thoughts. Both Mirko Cro Cop and Amir Aliakbari shine.

The RIZIN Grand Prix Tournament was set up in a way that, whoever won 4 fights in a row, would be crowned 2016 RIZIN GP Champion. We saw some familiar names and some names we didn’t know even competed any more in the open weight tournament. A few social media sparring matches, late replacements, and … Read morePost RIZIN thoughts. Both Mirko Cro Cop and Amir Aliakbari shine.

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: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic Calls Wanderlei Silva A Mouse

Exclusive Video: Mirko CroCop Calls Wanderlei Silva A Mouse And Discusses Being In The 2016 RIZIN GP

MikeSwick.com is on location in Tokyo for the RIZIN Open Weight Grand Prix. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović sat down and spoke with us about all things Rizin. He touches on King Mo, Wanderlei Silva, and the Rizin Grand Prix.

Mirko was business as usual. Cro Cop showed his expected distaste for Wanderlei Silva. After Silva backed out of their quarterfinal fight, the 2 have been verbally sparring through social media. Mirko continued the jabs and called Silva “a mouse”.

Other fighters in the open weight Grand Prix tournament include:

King Mo Lawal, Amir Aliakbari, Heath Herring, Valentin Moldavsky, Szymon Bajor, Baruto and Tsuyoshi Kosaka.

We expect the fights to be a fantastic way to end 2016. Look out for behind the scenes activities as well. The MMA hate triangle between Crop Cop, Silva, and Krazy Horse will be must see tv!

Video By: Doug Rothwell

We have full access and will continue posting videos pertaining to everything Rizin! Keep checking back on mikeswick.com for all the latest news.

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.

 

Exclusive Video: Heath Herring Discusses His Return To MMA, Joining RIZIN, And Amir Aliakbari

Exclusive Video: Heath Herring Discusses His Return To MMA, Joining RIZIN And Next Opponent Amir Aliakbari

MikeSwick.com is on location in Tokyo for the 2016 RIZIN Open Weight Grand Prix. Heath Herring sat down with us and discussed his upcoming fight with Amir Aliakbari.

Other fighters in the open weight Grand Prix tournament include:

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović, King Mo Lawal, Amir Aliakbari, Valentin Moldavsky, Szymon Bajor, Baruto and Tsuyoshi Kosaka.

Video By: Doug Rothwell

We have full access and will continue posting videos pertaining to everything Rizin! Keep checking back on mikeswick.com for all the latest news.

Follow Heath Herring:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHeathHerring
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Heath-Herring-16491046057

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.

 

Exclusive video: King Mo Discusses Entering The 2016 RIZIN Open Weight Grand Prix

Exclusive video: King Mo talks RIZIN Open Weight Grand Prix in Japan

MikeSwick.com is on location in Tokyo for the RIZIN Open Weight Grand Prix. King Mo Lawal sat down with us and discussed his upcoming quarterfinal fight with Mirko CroCop. Mo also touched on other subjects, specifically his last fight in Bellator with Satoshi Ishii.

Other fighters in the RIZIN open weight tournament quarterfinals include:

Mirko CroCop, Amir Aliakbari, Heath Herring, Valentin Moldavsky, Szymon Bajor, Baruto and Tsuyoshi Kosaka.

Video By: Doug Rothwell

We have full access and will continue posting videos pertaining to everything Rizin! Keep checking back on mikeswick.com for all the latest news.

Follow King Mo:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/King.Mo.FH
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KingMoFH
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kingmofh/

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.

 

Exclusive: Carwin out. Herring in to face Amir Aliakbari in The Rizin GP

News was leaked today to the general public that undefeated prospect Amir Aliakbari is now facing Heath Herring in the Rizin GP quarterfinal round. Aliakbari knew for about a week that Shane Carwin was pulled from their fight. Rizin has been scrambling to find a replacement  opponent for Aliakbari, who has been training for “TBD”. … Read moreExclusive: Carwin out. Herring in to face Amir Aliakbari in The Rizin GP