RIZIN has revealed the promotion’s September fight card, which will feature the quarterfinals of the bantamweight grand prix.
RIZIN 30 will take place on September 19 in front of a limited-capacity crowd at the historic Saitama Super Arena in Japan, although that may change if things turn around when it comes to COVID-19 pandemic protocols.
As the promotion heralded in Eight Bantamweight will begin their quest for promotional supremacy as the final Grand Prix tournament kicks off.
RIZIN also announced additional fights for the card, including UFC veterans Ulka Sasaki and Yoshinori Horie facing off in a featherweight clash, while Olympic silver medalist Shinobu Ota will take on former champion Yuta Kobo. of K-1 who will make his MMA debut.
Among the other fights announced, Koji Takeda faces Yusuke Yachi and Shoji Maruyama faces Chihiro Suzuki.
Former RIZIN bantamweight champion Kai Asakura will return to action after winning his first round with a TKO in the first round as he looks to possibly come back to another shot for the title. His next challenge will come against Alan Yoshihiro Yamaniha, who secured a unanimous decision over Kazuma Kuramoto to advance to the quarterfinals of the bantamweight grand prix.
UFC veteran Naoki Inoue will look to build on his five-game winning streak when he returns to action after an impressive football kick in his last appearance at RIZIN 28. This time around, Yuto Hokamura will challenge Inoue after sending Kuya Ito into his first fight in the bantamweight grand prix.
The final two Grand Prix fights will feature former “The Ultimate Fighter” contender Hiromasa Ogikubo, who takes on Tekeshi Kasugai while Yuki Motoya takes on Kenta Takizawa.
Check out the updated RIZIN 30 fight card below:
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Yuto Hokamura – RIZIN Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarter Final
Yuki Motoya vs. Kai Asakura – RIZIN Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarter Final
Kenta Takizawa vs. Alan Yamaniha – RIZIN Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarter Final
Hiromasa Ougikubo vs. Naoki Inoue – RIZIN Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarter Final
Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Emi Fujino
Ulka Sasaki vs. Yoshinori Horie
Koji Takeda vs. Yasuke Yachi
Shinobu Ota vs. Yuta Kubo
Shoji Maruyama vs. Chihiro Suzuki
Rina Okamoto vs. Momoka Mandokoro – kickboxing fight