Rena Kubota to rematch Lindsey VanZandt at Rizin 20
Rizin announced the matchup on Twitter yesterday:
Additional fight announcement for RIZIN.20
Lindsey VanZandt vs. RENA
— RIZIN FF English (@rizin_English) December 3, 2019
Rena (9-3) had never fought outside of her native Japan prior to that contest at Madison Square Garden. It was a disappointing defeat but she has the opportunity to avenge it at the Saitama Super Arena on New year’s Eve.
This time the roles are reversed. It is VanZandt (7-2), who has spent her entire career competing in the U.S., who will be travelling overseas to fight for the first time.
As previously announced Yuki Motoya and Mikuru Asakura will both be in action at Rizin 20. The former faces Patrick Mix in a bantamweight bout while the latter has been matched with John Macapa on the featherweight division.
Kai Asakura is currently without an opponent after Kyoji Horiguchi suffered a serious knee injury. But there will be at least one title bout on the card with Ayaka Hamasaki defending her super atomweight strap against Seo Hee Ham.