Quarter final matchups for Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix released
The quarter finals of the the Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix will take place at the Edion Arena in Osaka on October 12th and the four matchups were released today.
The bout between Kawajiri (37-13-2) and Freire (21-8) is arguably the pick of the semi finals. The former is a UFC veteran while the latter has been on the Bellator roster for nearly a decade.
Brown (19-12) might feel that he drew the short straw. He’s been matched with Musaev (15-3), the Russian is regarded by many as being the dark horse in this tournament.
UFC veteran Johnny Case (26-6-1) has been matched with undefeated BJJ black belt Roberto de Souza (9-0). Meanwhile Luiz Gustavo (9-1) faces Uesako (16-7) in one of two semi final bouts pitting Brazil against Japan.
There are four more fights on the Rizin 19 card. In a 100kgs catchweight contest reigning light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka (24-3-1) will be taking on Brazil’s Fabio Maldonado (25-13).
After suffering a surprise defeat at Bellator 222 earlier this year Japanese strawweight Rena Kubota (8-3) returns to home soil. She faces Canadian striker Shawna Ram (1-0) in another catchweight contest at Rizin 19.
Road FC 105lbs champion Seo Hee Ham (21-8) will be looking to make it back to back Rizin wins. She faces Miyuu Yamamoto (5-3) in a super atomweight contest between two fighters hoping to secure a title shot.
The fourth matchup is in the welterweight division and pits Keita Nakamura (34-10-2) against Marcos Souza (8-1).