Yokohama’s Pia Arena plays host to the first of two back-to-back events as Japanese promotion Rizin FF makes its return to action following the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taglined “Starting Over,” the show boasts a nine-fight card, featuring seven MMA bouts.
The main event features a 157-pound battle between Brazilian fan-favorite Roberto de Souza who is looking to bounce back to winning ways following his elimination from the promotion’s lightweight grand prix at Rizin FF 19 last October. He’ll face Yusuke Yachi, who snapped a three-fight losing run – all in Rizin FF – when he defeated Hiroto Uesako at Bellator 237 last December.
The co-main event features the return of former Rizin FF women’s super atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki, who is looking to bounce straight back into title contention after losing her title to Seo Hee Ham at Rizin FF 20 on New Year’s Eve last year. She’s facing Tomo Maesawa, who is looking to mark her second appearance in the Rizin FF ring with a victory after capturing the Deep Jewels atomweight title in October last year.
Rizin FF 22 live results include:
- Roberto de Souza vs. Yusuke Yachi
- Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Tomo Maesawa
- Kanna Kasakura vs. Mizuki Furuse
- Naoki Inoue vs. Shooto Watanabe
- Tetsuya Seki def. Kouya Kanda via TKO (punches) – Round 2
- Kyohei Hagiwara def. Rikuto Shirakawa via TKO (punches) – Round 3
- Kenji Kato def. Erson Yamamoto via TKO (punches) – Round 1