Another day closer to the end of the year and another weigh-in was held earlier today in Saitama, Japan. This time, for the second of two events held by the newly formed Rizin Fighting Federation (Rizin FF).
The New Years Eve card held at the Saitama Super Arena looks like this:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jaideep Singh
TBD vs. TBD [Grand Prix Tournament Final]
Kron Gracie vs Asen Yamamoto
Baruto Kaido vs. Peter Aerts
Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Andy Souwer
Bob Sapp vs. Akebono [Shoot Boxing Rules]
Gabi Garcia vs. Lei’d Tapa
Soo Chul Kim vs. Maike Linhares
Takeru vs. Yang Ming [K-1 Rules]
Brennan Ward vs. Ken Hasegawa
Muhammad Lawal vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis [GP Tournament Semi-Final]
Jiri Prochazka vs. Vadim Nemkov [GP Tournament Semi-Final]
RENA vs. Jleana Valentino
The weigh-ins were not without drama as heavyweights Bob Sapp and Akebono became involved in a shoving match 24-hours prior to their rematch. It should come as no surprise that with Sapp involved, the incident seemed to resemble a work like in pro wrestling.
The main event on tomorrow night’s card sees the return of the Last Emporer, Fedor Emelianenko as he does battle with Jaideep Singh.
Also on the New Year’s Eve card will feature the heavyweight semi-finals and final round of the World Grand Prix tournament.