The partnership between Bellator MMA and Rizin Fighting Federation, which has already paid off at Bellator 222 (in New York) and Rizin 14 (in Tokyo), had another important chapter written on Wednesday (9), with the confirmation of the First US franchise event held in Japan on 29 December.
The show will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, even where Rizin FF will also promote its 'card' two days later, on New Year's Eve.
The Bellator MMA main event will be a heavyweight fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who return to Asia after making history for the extinct PRIDE, as announced at a news conference today.
This fight will clearly attract any nostalgic Japanese fan of that era, as well as others around the world.
Coincidentally, both men have exactly 38 career wins.
Fedor Emelianenko (38-6-0-1) has established itself as the world's largest heavyweight by winning titles through PRIDE, Affliction and Strikeforce.
At 43, the “Last Emperor” is on a 'retirement tour', and comes from wins over Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir (both by knockout). However, he was knocked out by Ryan Bader in just 35 seconds at Bellator 214 in January this year.
In turn, Quinton Jackson (38-13) argued that he was more successful than Emelianenko in the post-PRIDE era. The 41 athlete has won the Bellator MMA tournament after winning the UFC light heavyweight title.
Throughout his career, "Rampage" has also competed with several MMA legends, including Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson, "King Mo" Lawal and, perhaps most notably, in his four-fight series against Wanderlei Silva.
- “Bellator will host its first event in Japan on 29 December and I am very happy to help Bellator and Scott Coker make it happen. I believe it will be a history-changing event and Bellator can make that happen. I am very happy that they can work together with Rizin, and we are pleased to witness this historic edition. ”- celebrated Nobuyuki Sakakibara, CEO of Rizin.
In addition, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker has also announced that he intends to take three Bellator athletes to face three Rizin fighters in a kind of challenge. The agent, however, has not revealed whether the card fights will take place in a ring - as in PRIDE times and as they currently do in Rizin FF - or in a circular 'cage', standard adopted by Bellator at his events.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 09 / 10 / 2019