Opening round matchups confirmed for RIZIN 19 in Osaka

RIZIN Fighting World GP 2019 will kick off on October 12, at the Edion Arena in Osaka. 8 Participants were announced last week, and today, RIZIN FF held the drawings to determine the matchups for the opening round.

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Tatsuya Kawajiri (37-13-2), Hiroto Uesako (16-7) and Roberto de Souza (9-0) who all reside in Japan attended the event while Patricky Freire (21-8), Johnny Case (26-6-1), Luiz Gustavo (9-1),  Damien Brown (19-2) and Tofiq Musaev (15-3) joined in via skype.

After the draw, the matchups were confirmed as the following:
Tofiq Musaev vs Damien Brown
Johnny Case vs Roberto de Souza
Patricky Freire vs Tatsuya Kawajiri
Luiz Gustavo vs Hiroto Uesako

With these 4 matcups confirmed, RIZIN.19 stands with 8 solid fights. RIZIN FF is scheduled to announce a few additional fights next week.

RIZIN FF announced that after the 4 quarterfinalists are revealed, they will hold another draw to determine the one night 4 man tournament bracket which will be held on New Year’s Eve.

Fighter quotes

Tofiq Musaev
“I’m happy with the matchup. Honestly I didn’t really care who I face in the first round. I am here to beat everybody who stands in front of me”

Damien Brown
“It’s a great matchup. I think we are going to be able to put on a show for the fans. That’s what I do.”

Johnny Case
“I cannot be happier with the matchup. I’ve always thought we would have to fight someday. We’ve fought on the same cards, and have won in impressive ways. It’s going to be an awesome fight. Rock’n Roll ”

Satoshi de Souza
“I am very happy with the opponent since I didn’t want to face any Japanese fighter yet. What I really want is the RIZIN belt and I want this belt to stay in Japan.”

Patricky Freire
“I respect Kawajiri a lot. I have been watching him fight from 10 years ago. I have always wanted to fight a top PRIDE fighter. This is a great fight for me and for my career.”

Tatsuya Kawajiri
“I made my professional debut at 21, and in my 20’s entered the PRIDE GP thinking that I was the best in the world, and got my butt kicked by Gomi. In my 30’s, I entered the

DREAM GP with a vision, and got my butt kicked by Eddie Alvarez. I’ve traveled to world and fought in almost every major promotion except Bellator. Now I am in my 40’s and I will challenge the RIZIN GP and my first opponent will be a Bellator fighter. I am very motivated to be encountering a Bellator fighter, and am motivated to win this GP. I know he said he respects me and all, but in the ring he is going to try to take my head off. I’m looking forward to a battle and to survive to make it to NYE”

Luiz Gustavo
“I am happy to be participating in the GP, and I look forward in putting on an exciting performance every time I fight.”

Hiroto Uesako
“I am honored to be part of this prestigious Grand Prix, even though I have only fought for RIZIN once. As long as I’m in it, I am here to win the entire thing. I will put on an exciting performance and make it over to NYE”

Confirmed fights

Jiri Prochazka vs Fabio Maldonado
Seo Hee Ham vs Miyuu Yamamoto
Marcos de Souza vs Keita Nakamura
Rena Kubota vs Shawna Ram

Light weight GP first round matchups
Tofiq Musaev vs Damien Brown
Johnny Case vs Roberto de Souza
Patricky Freire vs Tatsuya Kawajiri
Luiz Gustavo vs Hiroto Uesako
Doors open at 12:30PM with Opening Ceremony at 2:00PM on Saturday October 12th at
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