Fight fans were graced with a night of exhilarating match ups on Friday, Dec. 29, as the mixed martial arts promotion Rizin Fighting Federation hosted a world grand prix for bantamweight fighters. The fight card decided the semifinals of the world grand prix, offering competitors a chance to face off for division dominance. With the exciting event of fights now in the books, the time has come to take a look at the event’s MMA results.
The day of fights was not without its issues, as heavyweight Gabi Garcia never made it to the tournament. The fighter was initially set to face off against Shinobu Kandori. However, Garcia came in 26 pounds heavy at the weigh-ins. As a result, the fight was pulled from the event. Garcia would go on to offer an emotional apology to her fight fans for the fight’s cancellation.
In the day’s main event, Kyoji Horiguchi earned a dominant victory over Gabriel Oliveira that had much of the local crowd on their feet. Before that, former UFC competitor Ian McCall’s unlucky streak continued as the fighter faced a TKO loss to Manel Kape due to being cut from the rope inside the ring.
For the event’s full results, check out the list down below:
Rizin World Grand Prix 2017 MMA Results:
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Gabriel Oliveira by TKO (punches) in Round One
Manel Kape def. Ian McCall by TKO (cut) in Round One
Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Kevin Petshi by KO (punch) in Round One
Takafumi Otsuka def. Khalid Taha by submission (guillotine choke) in Round Three
Jiri Prochazka def. Karl Albrektsson by TKO (punches) in Round One
Cindy Dandois def. Reina Miura by split decision
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Baataryn Azjavkhlan by unanimous decision
Jae Hoon Moon def. Anthony Birchak by split decision
Kai Asakura def. Kizaemon Saiga by KO (punches and knee) in Round Two
Kana Watanabe def. Shizuka Sugiyama by unanimous decision
Kiichi Kunimoto def. Satoru Kitaoka by unanimous decision