World Grand Prix 2017 providing fireworks in 2017 MMA finale
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic & Takanori "The Fireball Kid" Gomi highlight New Year's Eve card
Dec. 31 LIVE on PPV from Japan
NEW YORK CITY (December 29, 2017) -- RIZIN Fighting Federation will provide fireworks with its final event of 2017, featuring the returns of combat sports superstar Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, and popular MMA fighterTakanori "The Fireball Kid" Gomi, in separate matches on Sunday's season-ending gala card, airing live on pay-per-view from Saitama City, Japan.
The semifinals and championship finals of the RIZIN World Grand Prix 2017 in the men's bantamweight and women's super-atomweight divisions, as well a special one-night, four-fighter kickboxing tournament, will all be part of this star-studded New Year's Eve extravaganza.
All the action will be live-streamed on FITE.TV, starting a 1 a.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT, and broadcast on cable and satellite PPV in the United States and Canada, live joining the show 5 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. PT, each for a suggested retail price of only $19.95.
To watch the live stream, fans may simply download the FITE app - free to download from iTunes and Google Play - and then cast the fight to the big screen by using the instant stream-to-TV function. The FITE app works with any Wi-Fi connected television around the world, iOS and Android devices, as well as streaming devices such as Roku, Chromecast and more. Fans may also watch the fights live on the FITE website at www.fite.tv from any computer.
Integrated Sports Media will distribute all the exciting action via cable and satellite PPV on New Year's Eve, live in North America via iN Demand, Vubiquity, and DISH in the U.S., as well as on SaskTel and Telus in Canada.
The semifinals and championship finals of the RIZIN World-Grand Prix kickboxing, women's super-atomweight and men's bantamweight championships will be supported by three entertaining MMA matches. Croatian heavyweight "Cro Cop" Filipovic (35-11-0, 27 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) takes on Japanese favorite Tsuyoshi Kosaka (27-19-2, 8 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) in a Special Added Attraction. Also, the long-awaited return of Japanese lightweight "The Fireball Kid" Gomi (18-6-0, 13 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) will be showcased in his showdown with fellow countryman Yusuke Yachi (18-6-0, 5 KO/TKO, 1 SUB). A women's match between American flyweights Shinju "Juju" Auclair (1-0-0, 1 SUB) and pro-debuting Chelsea LaGrasse is alsoon tap.
The special kickboxing tournament will pit All-Japan's Kazuyuki Fujita and Mitsuhisa Sunabe and undefeated knockout artist (20-0, 16 KOs) Tenshine Nasukawa vs. Yuet Hammamoto with the winners facing off in the championship round on the card's championship final.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
RIZIN WORLD GRAND PRIX MATCHES
DEC. 31, 2017
Manel Kape (9-1-0), Angola vs. Kyoaji Horiiguchi (21-2-0), Japan
Takafumi Otsuka (24-13-0), Japan vs. Shintaro Ishiwatari (24-6-0), Japan
(winners meet in championship final)
Rena Kubota (5-0-0), Japan vs. Irene "La Nina" Rivera (7-4-0), Spain
Kanna Asakura (9-2-0), Japan vs. Maria Oliveira (10-2-0), Brazil
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