Cape Town - An
old face is returning to Japan.
FC is about to start a busy run toward the end of the year as they have
four shows between now and December. With the busy schedule comes the need for
more fighters and Rizin officials have scooped up some old faces and new talent
to draw in the fans the world over.
shows will be built around a 16-man heavyweight Grand Prix tournament
which starts on Sep. 25 with the quarterfinals on Dec. 29, and the semi-final
and final to be held on the New Year show.
Cro Cop joins a long list of old and new talent that includes Wanderlei Silva,
Kazuyuki Fujita, Kaido Hoovelson, Daron Cruickshank, Andy Souwer, Kron Gracie
and Asen Yamamoto in the Rizin FC ranks. Cro Cop has a first round bye and
will compete at the Dec. 29 show against an opponent to be named. Cro Cop
became a legend while fighting under the Pride FC banner between 2001 and 2006
where he racked up a 19-4-2 record beating some of the sports legendary names
like Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett, Kazushi Sakuraba, Kevin Randleman and Mark
Coleman, so his return to Japan will be a huge deal for both the promotion and
(31-11-2) retired from MMA last November after he said an injured shoulder
prevented him from training. His last outing was a successful return to
the UFC where he brutally dispatched Gabriel Gonzaga in the third round of
their rematch in Kràkow, Poland.
will have more details on the tournament brackets and fights as and when they