UFC, Strikeforce Veterans Fill Rizin FF 13 Card in Late September
Jake Heun (@JakeHeun) August 24, 2018
Rizin FF 13 is just a little over a month away, and North American mixed martial arts fans will recognize many, if not most of the fighters set to compete on the Sept. 30 card.
With both kickboxing and mixed martial arts bouts filling out the card, Rizin FF 13 features several Ultimate Fighting Championship and Strikeforce veterans. “The Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Brandao is set to fight fellow UFC alum Daron Cruickshank, while Mirko Filipovic will look to maintain the momentum of his late-career resurgence against heavyweight Roque Martinez, who hasn’t lost since 2011. “Cro Cop” hasn’t tasted defeat himself since 2013, having won eight fights in a row.
Former UFC flyweight title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi will compete in a kickboxing bout as he looks to remain undefeated since leaving the promotion back in 2016.
Elsewhere on the card, Professional Fighters League veteran Jake Heun is set to fight Jiri Prochazka in a light heavyweight tilt. Heun took to social media after the bout was announced to celebrate his appreciation for the ruleset Rizin FF employs, which includes soccer kicks to downed opponents.
Rizin FF 13 takes place Sept. 30 from the famous Saitama Arena in Japan.