The Asakura family members will hoping to celebrate championship accomplishment the moment again when Rizin FF returns to action in November.
Rizin FF 25 normally takes position Saturday, Nov. 21 at Jo Corridor in Osaka, Japan, with a battle for the promotion’s vacant featherweight title in the primary celebration.
That combat will see Mikuru Asakura (13-1), older brother of Rizin bantamweight champion Kai Asakura, acquire on two-time Shooto featherweight winner Yutaka Saito (18-4-2) for the vacant strap with the two gentlemen in red-hot type.
Asakura has received all seven of his fights underneath the Rizin banner, together with three by using head-kick knockout. Saito, in the meantime, is 6-1 from his very last seven outings and designed a big perception on his Rizin debut last time out with a soccer-kick finish of Kazumasa Majima at Rizin FF 23 in August.
Talking forward of the battle, Asakura said he ideas on capturing the title, then squeezing in one particular extra fight in 2020 at the promotion’s once-a-year New Year’s Eve extravaganza.
“I have not fought considering the fact that February, but I have continuously been training really hard, so glimpse ahead on viewing a graded-up edition of me,” he claimed (through press launch). “I’m 7- in the organization so I assume I ought to have this title shot the most. I observed my opponent struggle in August, but he’s not my match. He’ll consider to grapple me but he will be met with a big shock. I strategy to win this fight and battle on New Year’s Eve.”
Saito, in the meantime, was usually respectful in his opinions ahead of the matchup, indicating, “My opponent is a really challenging opponent so I will operate really hard to put on a superior fight and turn into champion. I was expecting a couple much more fights prior to having the title shot but I think the timing is correct. I never want to overlook this opportunity so I will do anything It requires to get that belt.”
Confirmed Rizin FF 25 fights include:
- Mikuru Asakura vs. Yutaka Saito – for featherweight title
- Hiromasa Ogikubo vs. Kenta Takizawa
- Kyohei Hagiwara vs. Yojiro Uchimura
- Ryuichiro Sumimura vs. Gota Yamashita
- Daichi Kitakata vs. Tatsuki Saomoto