Undefeated Russian light heavyweight Ivan Shtyrkov set for Rizin 17
An undefeated Russian light heavyweight has been added to the Rizin 17 card. Ivan Shtyrkov, who was recently released by the UFC following a potential USADA violation, has been matched with Hoon Kim.
As usual the promotion took to Twitter to announce the matchup:
Additional fight announcement for RIZIN.17
Ivan Shtyrkov vs Hoon Kim
— RIZIN FF English (@rizin_English) July 4, 2019
Shtyrkov (16-0-1) signed with the UFC but never actually got to appear in the octagon. He had been scheduled to face Devin Clark at UFC on ESPN+ 7 but withdrew from the fight citing illness.
His management subsequently announced that Shtyrkov had parted ways with the UFC after testing positive for a banned substance. Meanwhile Kim (10-12-2) is a former Road FC middleweight challenger who has spent the majority of his career at 170lbs.
As previously announced Tatsuya Kawajiri faces Ali Abdulkhalikov in a lightweight bout at the Saitama Super Arena on July 28th. Meanwhile Satoru Kitaoka has been matched with Johnny Case in the same division.