Japanese fighter and pinup Kota Miura will be back in the Rizin ring on May 6th. He is scheduled to take on kickboxer Ya-Man in a special rules bout at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo.

Miura’s fight at Rizin 42 will be his first in Japan since September. He also faced Buakaw Banchamek in an exhibition kickboxing bout last year but was knocked out by the Muay Thai veteran.

Miura’s fame transcends combat sports. His father was one of the greatest footballers in the history of Japan and the 20 year old’s matinee star looks have helped him amass a significant fanbase despite fighting just a handful of times.


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Former champion

The event will be headlined by another fighter with a big online following. Former bantamweight champion Kai Asakura (19-4) returns to the ring for the first time since his shock defeat to Hiromasa Ougikubo at Rizin 33.

He has been matched with Yuki Motoya (33-10-0-1). The 33 year old comes into this contest on a five fight winning streak and the winner could be in pole position for a shot at the vacant bantamweight belt.

Reigning champions

Reigning lightweight champion Roberto de Souza (14-2) will be looking to bounce back from his defeat on Bellator vs. Rizin when he takes on Spike Carlyle (14-4). The Brazilian’s belt will not be on the line.

Super atomweight champion Seika Izawa (9-0) will also be competing in a non title bout. The undefeated star takes on Miyuu Yamamoto, a 48 year old on a three fight losing skid.

UFC veteran John Dodson (23-13) makes his second appearance in the Rizin cage. He has been matched with Tatsuki Saomoto (18-2) who has four wins out of four for Rizin.

Rizin 42, Tokyo, May 6th
Kai Asakura vs. Yuki Motoya (Bantamweight)
Naoki Inoue vs. Juan Archuleta (Bantamweight)
Roberto de Souza vs. Spike Carlyle (Lightweight)
Seika Izawa vs. Miyuu Yamamoto (Super Atomweight)
Special rules: Kota Miura vs. Ya-Man (Featherweight)
Ulka Sasaki vs. Boyd Allen (Featherweight)
John Dodson vs. Tatsuki Saomoto (Flyweight)
Takaki Soya vs. Ramazan Temirov (Flyweight)
Yuki Ito vs. Erson Yamamoto (Flyweight)
Takuya Yamamoto vs. Takeji Yokoyama (Featherweight)