RIZIN FF’s first event of the year 2019 looked as if everything was going swimmingly, with the most recent partnership with Manny Pacquiao. However, one of the most intriguing fights have been scrapped due to injury.
Justin Scoggins has suffered a knee injury during practice and has been diagnosed by the doctor unable to compete. The official statement said that the injury was “Meniscus and ligament tear in the knee”.
Scoggins and his scheduled opponent both released a statement.
“I would like to apologize to RIZIN and the fans, and my opponent Asakura for not being to fight on the upcoming card. I have suffered a serious knee injury that completely prevents me from competing. It is a fight I requested and one I hope to do later in the year. I respect Asakura and am very sorry for this exciting fight must be delayed. I also apologize to Mr. Sakakibara who approved this fight for me. I look forward to making it up to him when I am healthy.”
“I am devastated to hear that I will not be able to fight this Sunday. I was in great shape and felt like nothing could stop me. I promise to release this frustration in my next performance so please look forward to that. I do apologize for all the fans who looked to see me fight. People get sick, and fighters get injured, it’s just part of the business, so I do hope a speedy recovery for both Sasaki and Justin. And once you guys are healthy, you can fight me.”
With the fight scrapped, RIZIN.15 now will have 12 fights, with 10 MMA fights and 2 kickboxing fights.
King Mo vs Jiri Prochazka
Tenshin Nasukawa vs Fritz Biagtan
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Ben Nguyen
Satoru Kitaoka vs Roberto Satoshi Souza
Karl Albrektsson vs Christiano Frohlich
RENA vs Samantha Jean-Francois
Mikuru Asakura vs Luiz Gustavo
Kana Watanabe vs Justyna Haba
Damien Brown vs Koji Takeda
Manel Kape vs Seiichiro Ito
Shinju Auclair vs Saray Orozco
TAIGA vs Thallison Ferreira