MMA is back to Japan in great fashion.
Rizin Fighting Federation held its New Year’s Eve event this Thursday in a evening of fights that featured almost everything you can think of in terms of entertainment.
It had great action and serious talent on the ring, but also had its fair share of freak shows and the well known weirdness so common to MMA shows in the country.
Fedor Emelianenko returned to MMA after three years of retirement to easily dispatch of Jaideep Singh with some fierce ground and pound from the mount early in the first round.
Kron Gracie also ended his fight in the first round. The son of Rickson Gracie used his world-class Jiu-Jitsu to beat Asen Yamamoto with a triangle choke after a action-filled round.
Gabi Garcia had to overcome a early knockdown after a well-landed left overhand by Lei D’Tapa to win via TKO.
Visibly nervous, Gabi hit Tapa with a spinning right punch and then finished the fight on the ground with a series of punches until the referee stepped in.
Other than that, King Mo beat Teodoras Aukstuolis and Jiri Prochazka to grab the innaugural heavyweight belt.
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