Rizin Fighting Federation on Wednesday announced the return of Japanese MMA legend Kazuyuki Fujita. The Pride and K-1 veteran will fight for the first time in over two years when he faces Jiri Prochazka in one of the featured bouts at Rizin FF 1 on April 17 in Nagoya, Japan.
Fujita, who had memorable battles with the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Ken Shamrock, Mirko Filipovic and Mark Kerr, will climb through the ropes for the first time since losing to Satoshi Ishii on New Year’s Eve 2013. The setback was the fourth in a row and fifth in six bouts overall for the heavyweight fan favorite, but the 45-year old “Ol’ Ironhead” will get a chance to redeem himself next month.
Prochazka was the runner-up in the Rizin FF Grand Prix Tournament last December, losing only to Muhammad Lawal. The massive Czech fighter had gone 10-0-1 leading up his bout with “King Mo” with every victory coming via stoppage.
Also announced for the April 17 card, which will be held inside Nippon Gaishi Hall, is an intriguing flyweight showdown between Allan Nascimento and Yuki Motoya. Nascimento has 12 of his 14 wins via submission, though “Puro Osso” is coming off a decision loss to Bruno Azevedo a year ago. Motoya, meanwhile, has won seven straight officially, though the reining Deep flyweight champion was knocked out by Felipe Efrain in December. The official ruling was overturned, however, and changed to a “no nontest” because Efrain had missed weight.
The scheduled main event is slated to be a special grappling “tag match” with Kazushi Sakuraba and Hideo Tokoro taking on Wanderlei Silva and a teammate to be announced soon.