Tsuyoshi Sudario vs Shoma Shibisai goes down under the Rizin FF banner in the heavyweight ranks.
Rizin 28 emanates from the Tokyo Dome and goes down on Sunday, June 13th. Rizin Fighting Federation have been broadcasting a round of press conferences as of late for their June cards and made even more exciting bout announcements.
The backdrop of Rizin’s announcement of a ruleset change causes the imagination to wander a bit with how the story of Sudario vs Shibisai may unfurl.
Rule changes: All fights will allow elbows to the face from now on. No angle restrictions.
— RIZIN FF English (@rizin_English) June 1, 2021
Both combatants articulated their thoughts ahead of this intriguing collision as translated by the Rizin FF English Twitter account.
Shibisai stated, “Sudario has great potential and the toughest opponent yet. I will do what I can do against him. I want to show the appeal of heavyweight fights at the Tokyo Dome. Please expect fireworks”
Sudario said, “I gathered bad attention last fight. I will follow the rules in this fight. Shibisai is the best fighter I will he facing yet. I will go in there knowing that he might beat me. I want to inspire all those struggling during these times.”
Tsuyoshi Sudario vs Shoma Shibisai
Sudario was fined in his last outing for late strikes landed to his downed opponent at Rizin 27 in March. A post-fight brawl erupted after Tsuyoshi Sudario’s record-setting knockout saw Sudario continue his attack even when the bout was waved off by the referee.
It would seem that the post-Kazushi Miyamoto controversy has subsided and now the former Sumo wrestler looks to go 4-0 in his professional mixed martial arts career.
Shoma Shibisai is entering the ring later this month with consecutive victories under the Rizin and Bellator banners. He defeated Chang Hee Kim and Sergey Shemetov respectively with the wins happening in less than two minutes cumulatively.
He has also created fistic fireworks in past bouts with DEEP and ZST.
Shibisai has secured victories via leg lock and triangle choke but has also shown a capable level of power in notching some striking-based finishes too. He has a cumulative MMA record of 6-2 with one no contest and last competed in December 2019.
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