Former Invicta Champion Ayaka Hamasaki joins the RIZIN roster, Daron Cruickshank takes on Koshi Matsumoto at RIZIN 10

Former Invicta Champion Ayaka Hamasaki joins the RIZIN roster

Daron Cruickshank takes on Shooto Lightweight Champion

4 additions complete the card for RIZIN 10 event

On May 6th at the Marine Messe Fukuoka

TOKYO – On Sunday May 6th 2018, RIZIN will be kicking off their first event in Fukuoka which will be headlined by former UFC contenders, Kyoji Horiguchi vs Ian McCall along with RIZIN Super Atom weight Queen Kanna Asakarura taking on Canada’s Melissa Karagianis.




On April 5th, RIZIN held a press conference with Chairman Nobuyuki Sakakibara, GM Nobuhiko Takada and former Invicta Atomweight Queen Ayaka Hamazaki, Current Shooto lightweight Champion Koshi Matsumoto, Tenshin Nasukawa and WSOF Global Flyweight Champion Yusaku Nakamura. Four additional fights were announced to complete the fight card for the upcoming event on May 6th in Fukuoka.

Dutch kickboxing standout Jairzinho Rozenstruik (4-0) will be facing undefeated Ukrainian prospect Andrey Kovalev (9-0) in a heavyweight bout. The Detroit Superstar Daron Cruickshank (18-10-1) will be taking on the Shooto Lightweight world Champion Koshi Matsumoto (19-7-2). Former Invicta Atomweight Queen Ayaka Hamasaki (14-2) will be making her promotional debut against Alyssa Garcia (3-4). WSOF Global Flyweight Champion Yusaku Nakamura will be challenging the kickboxing Phenom Tenshin Nasukawa under kickboxing rules.

The former Invicta Atom weight Champion will be once again fighting on Japanese soil after 3 1/2 years. Number 1 ranked Atom weight will be looking to impress the Japanese fans by taking on the always tough Alyssa Garcia. The always exciting Detroit Superstar has been taking the role of Don Frye in RIZIN, taking on Japanese newcomers. This time he will be taking on the prestigious Shooto Lightweight title holder Koshi Matsumoto. Matsumoto is coming off of an explosive knockout over Yuki Okano to defend his title and is currently on a 3 fight winning streak. The Surinamese Dutch kickboxing standout Jairzinho Rozenstruik will be bringing his 62-6-1 (52KO) record into the RIZIN ring, to make a stand in the MMA world, who will be facing the Ukrainian prospect Andrey Kovalev. The 24 year old currently holds the MMA Pro Ukraine Heavyweight title and is undefeated in his professional career.

Comments from each fighter:

Hamasaki:

I’m very happy to be fighting in my home country again. I went to college in Fukuoka, so that also makes me happy. I am very grateful that Invicta CEO Shannon sent me back to Japan in good terms. I think the level of Women’s MMA has been growing at an extremely high rate, and Kanna RENA have grown tremendously as a fighter in just one year. I want to show the casual Japanese fans that there are still tough women out there, but again, I won’t take anybody lightly.

Garcia:

Hamasaki will be my toughest fight yet, and like I said before I don’t mind being fed to the wolves. I seem to do my best being the underdog, I was the underdog against Kanna and I came out with a win with the odds against me. Hamasaki has made a name for herself, she’s tough and she’s here to win these are the fights I want, I’m not scared of anyone or any name. I’m very excited.

Cruickshank:

Matsumoto is a well-rounded fighter with no holes in his game. No holes but nothing that really stands out as well. I don’t really want to make assumptions about my opponent before I actually face him, but what I can say that I am the more dynamic striker. He’s probably not going to want to stand with me, close distance and go for a takedown, but I’m not worried. I just want to put on an entertaining fight for the fans.

Matsumoto:

I am very grateful that I was recognized by RIZIN and was given this opportunity. I will be representing Shooto as the Lightweight Champion, the division that many legends have carried. I would like to put on a performance that will not embarrass them and not lower the value of the Shooto belt.

Rozenstruik:

It is an honor for me to be fighting in RIZIN, in Japan. I am training very hard to win. My opponent is a Russian fighter Andrey Kovalev, so this will be a war between Russia and Suriname. I always fight to win, so my goal is to go in there and take out this guy. Please be ready, I will show you something that you have never seen before.

Kovalev:

It is a great honor for me to compete in RIZIN this year. I will try to live up to the legacy my compatriot Igor Vovchanchyn left behind for me in Japan. Igor was arguably the greatest fighter on the planet earth in the late nineties and had many memorable wars inside the PRIDE ring. I want to continue that tradition by beating my opponents in a fast and effective manner. The goal for my upcoming fight is to finish him as quickly as possible. I want to challenge Mirko Cro Cop and send him into retirement!

Nasukawa:

I think Nakamura is a very quick and effective striker. He blitz’s in and out very well. But I am also quick and hit hard. The goal of this year is to extend my undefeated record, and unify the sport. I don’t care about the boundaries of organizations and Adults’ politics. I just want to face the best guys out there and beat them.

Nakamura:

This will be my first shot at kick boxing rules, but the moment I got the offer to face the hottest prospect in Japan’s combat sport, it was a no brainer for me. I come from a traditional Martial arts background and my style is mostly striking. My footwork is fast, unique and I hit very hard. I’m not very good at talking, but I promise you that I do deliver fun fights.

Fight order will be announced in a different announcement after discussing with FUJI TV.

RIZIN 10 will be broadcasted on FUJI TV from 7:57PM for 2 hours. Uncut, unedited PPV will be available on Skyperfect TV in Japan. International audience will be able to access RIZIN 10 at FITETV for $19.99.

Confirmed bouts:

-MMA-

Kyoji Horiguchi vs Ian McCall

Kanna Asakura vs Melissa Karagianis

Manel Kape vs Kai Asakura

Weili Zhang vs Kanako Murata

Diego Nunes vs Yusuke Yachi

Ante Delija vs Ricardo Prasel

Ayaka Hamasaki vs Alyssa Garcia

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Andrey Kovalev

Daron Cruickshank vs Koshi Matsumoto

-Kickboxing-

Tenshin Nasukawa vs Yusaku Nakamura

Tomohiro Kitai vs Darvish Kurogi

Issei Ishii vs Daishin Sakai

The event is scheduled to have a total of 12 fights. Doors open at 1:30PM with Opening Ceremony at 2:30PM on Sunday May 6th at the Marine Messe Fukuoka. International tickets can be purchased at www.stubhub.com.

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