Satoru Kitaoka faces Johnny Case at Rizin 17
Kitaoka (42-19-9) is one of the most experienced fighters on the Rizin roster. The 39 year old has fought six times for the promotion, registering three wins and three losses.
A former Deep lightweight champion, he is coming off a stoppage loss to undefeated Brazilian Roberto de Souza at Rizin 15. On July 28th he goes up against a UFC veteran who has already beaten two of Japan’s top 155lbers.
Case (25-6-1) submitted Kazuki Tokudome on his UFC debut back in 2014. More recently he stopped Yusuke Yachi at Rizin 14 on New Year’s Eve and will be looking to make it back to back wins in Japan.
Also added to the card this week was a kickboxing bout. It pits former Lion Fight 140lbs champion and former Bellator Kickboxing 145lbs champion Kevin Ross against K-1 veteran Daiki Watabe.
As previously announced Rizin 17 will feature Ulka Sasaki, Shintaro Ishiwatari, Yuki Motoya, Hiromasa Ogikubo, Mikuru Asakura , Yusuke Yachi, Vitaly Shemetov, Jake Heun, Ham Seo-Hee and Mizuke Hirota.