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BELLATOR PLUS RIZIN ON NEW YEARS EQUALS PARRR-TAY

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December 31, 2018 will be quite a night. Not only will the PFL in New York crown 6 millionaire champions, but they’ll be throwing a major party in Japan as well. The on-off-on again “exhibition” between FLOYD MAYWEATHER and TENSHIN NASUKAWA will in fact main event a historic card for RIZIN.

The long talk of a cross promotion will officially co-main the card. BELLATOR is sending their bantamweight champ, DARRION CALDWELL to the far east to take on KYOJI HORIGUCHI for the Rizin inaugural 135 title. So we had a trade, and now a cross promotion. Can a Bellator-ONE Championship card be far away? Maybe a Cage Warriors vs LFA, or even dare I say it: UFC vs Bellator. Darrion’s Bellator belt will not be on the line, and the 3 5 minute round battle will be with RIZIN rules. The 30 year old NJ native is on a 4 fight win streak right now while the 28 year old former UFC fighter and Japanese sensation is 25-2 and has won 10 straight. Both companies have said they will do a lot more cross promotion cards in the future. Now while the Bellator strap isn’t on the line; neither SCOTT COKER or NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA said what will happen if Caldwell is victorious. After all; he does have some “homegrown” challengers to worry about.

Rizin wasn’t done there. They also announced they have signed recently released UFC flyweights ULKA SASAKI and JUSTIN SCOGGINS among others. The New Years card will see a mix of familiar names from the UFC and Bellator. So far this is the way the card breaks down:

FLOYD – TENSHIN

DARRION – KYOJI

AYAKA HAMASAKI – KANNA ASAKURA

ULKA – MANEL KAPE

YUSUKE YACHI – JOHNNY CASE

RENA KUBOTA – SAMANTHA JEAN-FRANCOIS

YUKI MOTOYA – SCOGGINS

KAZUYUKI MIYATA – ERSON YAMAMOTO

NOBUMITSU TYSON – TOFIQ MUSAYEV

DARON CRUICKSHANK – DAMIEN BROWN

SHINJU NOZAWA – JUSTYNA HABA

JIRI PROCHAZKA – EMANUEL NEWTON 

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