Rizin 29 in jeopardy as state of emergency in Osaka extended
Rizin 29 is in jeopardy as Osaka will remain in a state of emergency until May 31st. The event is currently scheduled to take place on May 30th at the Maruzen Intech Arena.
This means there are several restrictions on live sporting events with arenas only allowed to be full to 50% capacity and a maximum attendance of 5,000 people.
Events must also end by 9pm and Rizin president Nobuyuki Sakakibara admitted the promotion was exploring its options in regard to the May event:
— NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA (@nobu_sakakibara) May 7, 2021
He states that local authorities in Osaka have insisted that spectators will not be allowed to attend at all. An announcement is scheduled for early next week with the event likely to be cancelled or postponed.
Rizin 29 was set to feature four matchups in the first round of the bantamweight Grand Prix. Kenta Takizawa is booked to face Masakazu Imanari, Kazuma Kuramoto takes on Alan Yamaniha, Hiroki Yamashita goes up against Takafumi Otsuka and Kuya Ito meets Yuto Hokamura.
Rizin 28 is set for the Tokyo Dome on June 13th. There are currently five fights on the card including a featherweight bout between Mikuru Asakura and Kleber Koike Erbst and the remaining four fights in the first round of the bantamweight Grand Prix.