Takanori Gomi and Gabi Garcia among additions to Rizin FF's year-end doubleheader

The fight cards continue to take shape for Rizin FF’s year-end doubleheader, and they include some notable names.

Rizin FF 8 takes place Dec. 29, and Rizin FF 9 takes place Dec. 31. Both shows stream on FITE TV in North America from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Slated for Rizin FF 9 is a bout between former PRIDE champion and recent UFC lightweight Takanori Gomi (35-14), who looks to halt a five-fight skid, when he takes on Yusuke Yachi (18-6), a fellow Japanese fighter who’s currently riding a four-fight winning streak with knockout wins over Mario Sismundo, Daron Cruickshank and Satoru Kitaoka.

Rizin FF 9 will also include a single-night kickboxing tournament with Mitsuhisa Sunabe vs. Yamato Fujita and Tenshin Nasukawa vs. TBA.

New Rizin FF 8 matchups, meanwhile, include Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Gabi Garcia (4-0) vs. Shinobu Kandori (4-1) and flyweights Seiichiro Ito (12-1-2) vs. Kai Asakura (8-1)

Garcia and was supposed to fight Kandori in 2016 at Rizin FF’s year-end event, but Kandori was forced off the card with an injury. According to the release, their rebooked bout is slated for 95 kilograms (209.4 pounds).

The latest Rizin FF 8 card (MMA only) includes:

  • Gabi Garcia vs. Shinobu Kandori
  • Kai Asakura vs. Seiichiro Ito
  • Cindy Dandois vs. Reina Miura
  • Karl Albrektsson vs. Jiri Prochazka
  • Anthony Birchak vs. Jae Hoon Moon – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal reserve bout
  • Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Kevin Petshi – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket B)
  • Takafumi Otsuka vs. Khalid Taha – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket B)
  • Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Gabriel Oliveira – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket A)
  • Manel Kape vs. Ian McCall – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket A)

The latest Rizin FF 9 (MMA only) card includes:

  • Takanori Gomi vs. Yusuke Yachi
  • Shinju Nozawa-Auclair vs. Chelsea LaGrasse
  • Mirko Cro Cop vs. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka
  • TBA vs. TBA – women’s super atomweight grand prix final
  • Kanna Asakura vs. Maria Oliveira
  • Irene Cabello vs. Rena Kubota
  • TBA vs. TBA – bantamweight grand prix final
  • TBA vs. TBA – bantamweight grand prix semifinal
  • TBA vs. TBA – bantamweight grand prix semifinal

For more on Rizin FF 8 and Rizin FF 9, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Video: Gabi Garcia's illegal soccer kick on much smaller foe leads to no-contest

Gabi Garcia’s stretch of two fights in Japan over a 23-day stretch did not get off to a very promising start.

Garcia (4-0 MMA) today fought at the 2017 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup event at Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo. Garcia faced Megumi Yabushita (19-23 MMA), a 20-year MMA veteran and pro wrestling-crossover, in a heavyweight bout under Shoot Boxing rules, and the result wasn’t pretty.

As expected, Garcia’s size and power were way too much for 45-year-old, 5-foot-2 Yabushita. The Brazilian, who is a training partner of upcoming UFC 214 title fight competitor Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino,” dropped her opponent with a punch early in the fight. Garcia was clearly confused about the ruleset for the bout, though, and she launched a soccer kick to her grounded opponent that led to the no-contest (via Twitter):

Here’s the full fight (via YouTube):

Here’s how women’s combat sports expert Robert Sargent, who operates MMARising.com and contributes to MMAjunkie, described the action:

“Yabushita tried to dart in and out with punches against her much larger opponent, but Garcia landed huge knees and kicks to the body. She knocked Yabushita down, but landed an illegal soccer kick to a downed Yabushita’s body and was penalized by one point. Action resumed and Yabushita dove for a takedown attempt. Garcia countered with another soccer kick that appeared to dislocate Yabushita’s shoulder. Yabushita was unable to continue and Garcia was given a Red Card. However, rather than disqualifying Garcia, referee Ryogaku Wada ruled the foul unintentional and declared the fight a no-contest.”

Despite the rough ending to today’s fight, Garcia will have the opportunity to redeem herself when she competes in an MMA fight against Russian boxer Oksana Gagloeva (0-0 MMA) at Rizin FF 6 on July 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

For more on Rizin FF 6, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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