Two Bouts Added to Sept. 27 Rizin 24 Lineup in Saitama

By Tudor Leonte Sep 16, 2020


The upcoming Rizin 24 card has gained two intriguing matchups.

Rizin Fighting Federation announced Tuesday that Kai Asakura is fighting Shoji Maruyama in a bantamweight non-title match and Rena Kubota is clashing with Emi Tomimatsu in a women’s strawweight showdown.

Asakura (15-2) made a name for himself after scoring a highlight-reel first-round KO victory against former Rizin and Bellator MMA 135-pound champion Kyoji Horiguchi in their non-title encounter that went down at Rizin 18.

Rizin newcomer Maruyama (16-12-1) is 1-2 in his latest appearances, losing to both Koichi Ishizuka and Takeya Mizugaki via KO and decision, respectively. However he managed to bounce back on track after scoring a third-round TKO of Makoto Kamaya.

Former Shoot Boxing women's flyweight champion Rena (10-3) has recently earned a third-round TKO victory over Lindsey VanZandt at Rizin 20. The two fighters have already locked horns once, as VanZandt rendered the Japanese opponent unconscious thanks to a rear-naked choke at Bellator 222.

Tomimatsu (15-16) will make her Rizin debut.

Rizin 24 will go down at the famed Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Sept. 27. The main event will feature a kickboxing clash between Tenshin Nasukawa and Koji Tanaka.

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