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RIZIN FF event to stream LIVE on FITE from Yokohama, Japan

April 3, 2017

***For Immediate Release***

For more information, contact Jerry Millen: rizinff@icloud.com

Main Event: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Anthony Birchak

April 3 – RIZIN FF has announced that it will stream its fifth live event to a worldwide audience on FITE from the Yokohama Arena in Japan on Sunday, April 16.  Fight fans can stream the event live on their television for $14.99 by downloading the FITE app free from iTunes or Google Play and using the instant stream-to-TV function for full-screen viewing, or watching online from any device at www.fite.tv.

The main event will pit superstars Tatsuya Kawajiri (35-11-2) against Anthony Birchak (13-3) in a 145-pound featherweight contest, and the co-main event will feature undefeated Rena Kubota (3-0) against Dora Perjes (7-1).

The stacked, 11-fight card will also feature a heavyweight bout between former PRIDE and UFC star Heath Herring (28-15) and Olympic Judo medalist Satoshi Ishii (14-7), as well as the RIZIN FF debut of women's heavyweight Jazzy Gabert (1-0), who will face another unbeaten new face, Reina Miura (2-0).

"We at RIZIN are pleased to be able to give US fans as well as MMA fans around the world the opportunity to experience Japanese MMA at its finest," said RIZIN FF Senior Executive Vice President Jerry Millen.  "Teaming up with FITE will give fans the opportunity to watch these exciting fights on a platform specifically built for MMA fans, and the chance to see the awesome level of production and action that only RIZIN can deliver.

"We're absolutely thrilled to be working with RIZIN and to be the digital PPV partner and provider for RIZIN 2017 in Yokohama on April 16," said FITE CEO Kosta Jordanov.  "RIZIN is one of the top MMA promotions in the world, with the top talent in the world, so we're excited to share this experience with fans everywhere."

In other action on the card, lightweight (155 pounds) standout Daron Cruickshank (18-9) will meet Yusuke Yachi (16-6).

Cruickshank, since leaving the UFC after a 13-fight tenure there, has gone 2-1 in the RIZIN FF ring.  Yachi was victorious in his RIZIN FF debut on December 29, 2016, scoring a devastating TKO on Mario Sismundo in just 10 seconds with a knee to the body.

Former UFC flyweight (125 pounds) star Kyoji Horiguchi (18-2) will make his RIZIN FF debut against Yuki Motoya (18-4).

Horiguchi departed the UFC on a three-fight win streak to sign with RIZIN FF.  Motoya is unbeaten in his last 11 fights, a streak dating back to 2013.

In the third women's fight of the card, Kanna Asakura (6-2) will square off with Aleksandra Toncheva (0-0).  Toncheva will make her debut as a professional after a perfect, 8-0 run as an amateur.

The live stream of the RIZIN FF event will begin at 3 p.m. JST (2 a.m. EST) on Sunday, April 16.

Complete RIZIN FF fight card

Anthony Birchak vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Amir Aliakbari vs. Geronimo dos Santos

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Yuki Motoya

Rena Kubota vs. Dora Perjes

Francesco Ghigliotti vs. Tenshin Nasukawa

Heath Herring vs. Satoshi Ishii

Jazzy Gabbert vs. Reina Miura

Daron Cruickshank vs. Yusuke Yachi

Saori Ishioka vs. Bestare Kicaj

Kanna Asakura vs. Aleksandra Toncheva

Seiichiro Ito vs. Kizaemon Saiga

Watch RIZIN FF Live Stream on FITE.TV


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About FITE

FITE ( www.fite.tv ) is a Combat Sports Network that brings premium live and on-demand combat sports events and programming to MMA, pro wrestling and boxing fans around the world. Combat sports fans can watch on any device including iOS and Android devices, connected TVs, streaming devices such as Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV and directly on the FITE web site. In a short time, FITE has become THE online destination for combat sports fans to stay connected to their favorite sports by providing new live free and pay-per-view programming on a weekly basis.  FITE was launched on February 9th, 2016 as a product of Flipps Media Inc, a digital entertainment company which allows users to cast to connected TVs with its patented tap-to-stream functionality. Flipps Media Inc. is funded by EarlyBird Venture Capital, Tim Draper and LAUNCHub.

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