Naoki Inoue faces Shooto Watanabe at Rizin 22
The first four fights for Rizin 22 have been released. The event is set for Yokohoma on August 9th and features a bantamweight fight pitting Naoki Inoue against Shooto Watanabe.
Watanabe (20-4-6) has fought for numerous Japanese promotions including Pancrase, Zst, VTJ and Fighting Nexus. Last year he registered wins at Deep 90 and Deep 91 and the 31 year old will be making his Rizin debut.
Also on the card is a super atomweight contest pitting Kanna Asakura (16-4) against Mizuki Furuse (7-6). The former is coming off a win at Bellator Japan while the latter secured her fourth successive victory at Deep-Jewels 28 earlier this year.
The final two fights confirmed are a lightweight bout pitting Yusuke Yachi (21-9) against Roberto de Souza (9-1) and a featherweight fight between Tetsuya Seki (12-6-1) and Yojiro Uchimura (17-13-3).
Rizin 23 is set for the same venue on the following day.