Bellator vs RIZIN airs live from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Saturday, December 31. The card pairs two top mixed martial arts promotions against one another. Also on the docket, RIZIN Fighting Federation will hold a second card with RIZIN 40.
Weigh-ins begin at 1:55 am ET on Friday, December 30. You can watch that live above.
In the main event, No. 3-ranked pound-for-pound talent AJ “Mercenary” McKee (19-1) takes on RIZIN Lightweight Champion Roberto Satoshi de Souza (14-1), while BELLATOR’s current Featherweight World Champion and No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound athlete Patricio Pitbull (34-5) takes on RIZIN featherweight kingpin Kleber Koike (31-5-1) in the co-feature.
Former BELLATOR Bantamweight World Champions Kyoji Horiguchi (30-5) and Juan “The Spaniard” Archuleta (26-4) square up with Hiromasa Ougikubo (25-6-2) and Soo Chul Kim (18-6-1) respectively. Kicking off the must-see event is No. 10-ranked BELLATOR lightweight and former Eagle FC champ Gadzhi Rabadanov (18-4) taking on former DEEP champ Koji Takeda (15-3).
Bellator vs RIZIN weigh-in results below:
A.J. McKee (154.7) vs. Roberto de Souza (156)
Patricio Pitbull (145) vs. Kleber Koike (145.2)
Kyoji Horiguchi (124.8) vs. Hiromasa Ogikubo (125.4)
Juan Archuleta (134) vs. Soo Chul Kim (133.8)
Gadzhi Rabadanov (155.9) vs. Koji Takeda (156)
Super Atomweight: Seika Izawa (48.70kg) vs. Si Woo Park（48.80kg）- RIZIN women’s super atomweight grand prix final
Bantamweight: Naoki Inoue（60.85kg) vs. Kenta Takizawa (60.85kg)
Heavyweight: Tsuyoshi Sudario (117.95kg) vs. Junior Tafa (108.75kg)
Flyweight: John Dodson (56.90kg) vs. Hideo Tokoro (56.70kg)
Catchweight: Ren Hiramoto (69.70kg) vs. Mystery Fighter – Special Standing Rules
Bantamweight: Yuki Motoya (61.00kg) vs. Rogério Bontorin (60.00kg)
Lightweight: Johnny Case (70.95kg) vs. Nobumitsu Osawa (70.90kg)
Featherweight: Chihiro Suzuki (65.85kg) vs. Yoshiki Nakahara (65.90kg)
Lightweight: BeyNoah (71.00kg) vs. Patrick Sho Usami (70.90kg)
Bantamweight: Yushi (61.65kg) vs. Tatsuya Nakazawa (61.95kg) – Special Rules bout
You can order and watch the RIZIN 40 fight card below. The action begins at 12:01 ET Saturday into Sunday night.
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