Yogibo presents RIZIN 33 on New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena. Lightweight Champion Roberto Souza rematches Yachi in a first title defense. The rematch between former champion Saito and fan-favorite Asakura is confirmed. Super Atomweight Queen Hamasaki to face Seika Izawa in a non-title affair. Surging featherweight Hagiwara takes on Hiroaki Suzuki in a featherweight tilt.
TOKYO – December 9th, RIZIN CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara, held a press conference and announced updates about RIZIN.33 – the promotion’s 9th and final event of the year.
The Rizin 33 Saitama fight card has been finalized.
Rizin 33 Saitama, set to take place on New Year’s Eve in Saitama, Japan, will feature 14 fights including a RIZIN Lightweight Championship bout between Roberto “Satoshi” Souza and Yusuke Yachi and also the conclusion to the RIZIN Bantamweight Grand Prix.
Four fighters remain in the tournament with Kai Asakura vs. Kenta Takizawa and Hiromasa Ougikubo vs. Naoki Inoue ready to participate in the semi-final rounds to open up the fight card.
The RIZIN 33 fight card will broadcast live with English commentary on LIVENow on Friday, December 31. Click here to see RIZIN 33 start time and order page.
RIZIN 33 Fight Card
RIZIN Bantamweight GP Finals
Winner of SF1 vs Winner of SF2
RIZIN Lightweight Championship bout
Roberto “Satoshi” Souza vs Yusuke Yachi
Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Takanori Gomi
Yutaka Saito vs Mikuru Asakura
Ayaka Hamasaki vs Seika Izawa
Kyohei Hagiwara vs Hiroaki Suzuki
Beynoah vs Koji Takeda
Hideki ‘Shrek’ Sekine vs Shoma Shibisai
RENA vs Si Woo Park
Shinobu Ota vs Kazuma Sone
Kota Miura vs YUSHI
YA-MAN vs KOUZI
RIZIN Bantamweight GP Semi-Finals
Kai Asakura vs Kenta Takizawa
Hiromasa Ougikubo vs Naoki Inoue
RIZIN Bantamweight GP reserve bout
Yuki Motoya vs Kintaro
Rizin 33 Saitama Release date and more Fight Info
TOKYO – On December 9, 2021, RIZIN CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara held a press conference and announced updates on Rizin 33 Saitama, the ninth and final promotion event of the year 2021.
RIZIN CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara stated: “We have been officially told that international athletes will not be able to enter the country until December 30, so we have been in the process of making major changes to the card. These covid times have been quite challenging, but with the support of staff and fighters, we’ve been able to put together some great cards. We are also pleased to announce that we will be allowed to host a 100% capacity event for the NYE show, so we expect about 25,000 people to attend. New Year’s Eve in Japan has always been something special for fight fans in Japan, and the “fight show” has always had a big part of it. We have not been able to do our fighting expositions since the pandemic, but I am pleased to announce that we will be holding the fighting expositions during the day of December 31st. ”
Roberto Satoshi Souza vs Yachi Yusuke RIZIN’s defending and reigning lightweight champion established himself as the number one bona fide fighter at 71kg when he faced lightweight Grand Prix champion Tofiq Musayev at RIZIN’s historic Tokyo Dome event. : RIZIN. 28. In what was the first MMA event at the legendary venue since 2003, Souza captured the vacant crown just 72 seconds into the fight with his patented submission skills, snapping Musayev’s 7-year, 14-win streak. The victory was Souza’s 12th first-round final (out of a total of 13 victories). His only victory after the first round was a second-round TKO over Satoru Kitaoka in his promotional debut on RIZIN.15 in April 2019. Former PCX featherweight champion and Shooto Pacific Rim Yachi’s path to the belt was not as smooth as Souza’s as he began his career. RIZIN’s career 5-0 with 4 finals, earning his biggest win on NYE 2017 against ‘The Fireball Kid’ Takanori Gomi. A surprising TKO loss to Luis Gustavo 8 months later would be the start of a 1-5 streak for the once-promising contender, and his quickest loss was a TKO in less than two minutes against Souza. Yachi would not compete on the NYE 2020 card, he would continue training, reinventing himself and in his style. He defeated Shooto lightweight champion Yuki Kawana by unanimous decision at RIZIN.29 in June, then turned around 3 months later to beat DEEP lightweight champion Koji Takeda also by unanimous decision. Although he was determined to defeat every national champion, Pancrase lightweight champion Takasuke Kume is ready to unify and defend his belt in Pancrase on December 11 against interim champion Tatsuya Saika. With two defeated national champions and his record with Souza, Yachi could score his ninth win and move to the third place of all time in the promotion’s record books. Rizin 33 Saitama
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Yutaka Saito vs. Mikuru Asakura Former Shooto and RIZIN featherweight champion Saito is just one fight away from his championship reign. A cut caused by a knee at the end of the second round of his fight with DEEP Champion Juntaro Ushiku caused the referee to stop the competition, handing Saito his first loss in 5 fights spanning 2 1/2 years. Saito’s 4-game win streak saw him defeat 40-fight JMMA veteran Hiroyuki Takaya by first-round knockout, one of Japan’s best fighters in Kazumasa Majima by a second-round KO, and two hotly contested decisions. against Mikuru Asakura and Vugar Keramov. The aforementioned opponent, Asakura, will enter RIZIN’s ring for the 12th time, linking him to his brother Kai and Jiri Prochazka in the second-most appearances of all time on RIZIN. Having started his RIZIN career with a perfect 7-0 record, Asakura is 2-2 in his last 4 bouts, falling short to Saito for the inaugural Featherweight Championship and losing to the top contender Kleber Koike in the RIZIN. .28 Tokyo Dome event. However, he was able to bounce back after both losses with victories over Satoshi Yamasu and Kyohei Hagiwara, matches in which he displayed his striking and fighting skills. With champion Ushiku defending his DEEP Featherweight Championship on December 12, the top two contenders are at the top of RIZIN’s 66kg division, to determine who could be next in line for Ushiku. Rizin 33 Saitama
Ayaka Hamasaki vs Seika Izawa The two-time super atomweight champion has faced and defeated all participants, showing her skills on the ground and on her feet, claiming first-r finals.Rizin 33 Saitama