Rizin FF 6 grand prix heavyweight Tyler King out to prove Amir Aliakbari is a fugazi

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Heavyweight veteran Tyler King has a fight on Sunday against Amir Aliakbari, and he plans on proving a major point.

King (12-5) fights Aliakbari (6-1) as part of the first round of the grand prix tournament at Rizin FF 6 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan, near Tokyo.

The fight is one King says he asked for because he wanted to prove his opponent isn’t any kind of up-and-comer to be watched out for. When you throw out words like “fugazi,” you usually mean business.

“This is the fight that I pursued,” King recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “This guy – he’s a fugazi. I want to expose him. I’m being a little harsh, but you look at a guy like that and he hasn’t been tested. Every time he’s been tested, he’s either folded or does nothing but go for a takedown, gets a crucifix and finishes it out. He’s not an exciting fighter and he hasn’t fought any tough competition.”

Those who want to play devil’s advocate with King likely would mention that Aliakbari is coming off a win over Geronimo dos Santos, a veteran of nearly 60 fights and 39 pro wins. And he has a win over UFC veteran Heath Herring this past December for Rizin FF. Two nights later, he fought Mirko Filipovic – the only loss of his career.

King is coming off a 98-second TKO loss Keith Bell at CES MMA 41 in January, which snapped a three-fight winning streak that included victories for Bellator and WSOF.

But in King’s mind, Aliakbari is far from all that, at least compared to him. So he went to work trying to get the fight, even if that meant starting stuff on Twitter.

“Three months ago, people say I started this Twitter beef or Twitter war,” he said. “There’s no Twitter war. This is a fight I wanted and pursued. This is a fight I made happen. This fight happened because of me. Amir hasn’t done anything.”

And on Sunday, King plans to keep him in that category of having not done anything, at least against him. When he’s done, he plans on continuing to stake his claim among the heavyweight ranks.

“Now I’m going to go out there and take what’s rightfully mine and assume my spot among the upper echelon of heavyweights.”

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2484 with Rob Font, Anthony Birchak, Brian Butler, Jason House

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Rob Font, Anthony Birchak, Brian Butler and Jason House.

Font defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade on Saturday at UFC 213. Birchak, our in-studio guest host, fights Takfumi Otsuka at Rizin FF 6 on July 30. MMA manager Butler talked about his roster of clients, including UFC champ Max Holloway, Douglas Lima and Felice Herrig. MMA manager House had two UFC bantamweights, Cody Stamann and Terrion Ware, debut against each other at UFC 213.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Tony Ferguson, Rob Font, Anthony Birchak, Brian Butler, Jason House

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Tony Ferguson, Rob Font, Anthony Birchak, Brian Butler, Jason House.

Ferguson is looking to fight for the UFC lightweight title vs. Conor McGregor – or perhaps for an interim title against another top contender. Font is coming off a win at UFC 213 this past Saturday vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade. Birchak competes on July 30 vs. Takafumi Otsuka for Rizin FF. Iridium Sports Agency’s Jason House just had to sit through a fight where both of his clients debuted in the UFC … against each other. SuckerPunch Entertainment’s Butler will update us on his roster of clients, which includes world champions Max Holloway and Douglas Lima.

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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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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2478 with Rizin FF's Anthony Birchak

Stream or download Wednesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guest Anthony Birchak.

The hosts, back from vacation, covered the latest news, fielded calls from Junkie Nation and previewed the UFC’s upcoming International Fight Week. During the last 30 minutes, Rizin FF bantamweight grand prix participant Birchak joined the hosts in-studio to talk about his upcoming first-round fight vs. Takafumi Otsuka.

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