Japanese MMA promotion Rizin announced Tuesday afternoon that seven bouts have been tacked on its April 16 event, which is slated to be headlined by a flyweight battle between Kyoji Horiguchi and Yuki Motoya.
Recently-announced Rizin signee Anthony Birchak, who went 2-2 in the UFC in his last four bouts, will take on Tatsuya Kawajiri in a featherweight showdown. Lightweight Daron Cruickshank, also a UFC veteran, will collide with Yusuke Yachi while longtime Pride vet Heath Herring will oppose Olympic gold medal-winning judoka Satoshi Ishii.
Furthermore, unbeaten kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa will look to remain unbeaten in MMA when he takes on Franchesco Ghigliotti in a flyweight match.
Rizin also revealed that three women’s bouts have been added to the marquee. Kanna Asakura will face fellow atomweight Alexandra Toncheva; Saori Ishioka will take on Bestare Kicaj, also at atomweight; and Jazzy Garbert will square off against Reina Miura in a 198-pound catchweight bout. Rena Kubota will also fight on the card, though her opponent has not been determined yet.
Rizin 2017 in Yokohama will be held at Yokohama Arena.