RIZIN 16 Card Finalized, Daron Cruickshank Returns

Daron Cruickshank
Damien Brown def. Daron Cruickshank Credit: RIZIN FF

Daron Cruickshank returns at RIZIN 16, which is now complete, the promotion revealed Monday.

The RIZIN 16 card has been finalized. In a press release Monday, RIZIN officials unveiled the full line-up for the show, featuring 14 bouts. While a number of fighters had been previously announced, some additions to the card came with the announcement, including the return of Daron Cruickshank. The American, who had a four-fight win streak snapped at RIZIN 14 against Damien Brown, will face Azerbaijan’s Tofiq Musaev.

“I’m very excited to fight for RIZIN and the Japanese fans. Look forward to kicking this guy in the face,” Cruickshank was quoted as saying in Monday’s press release. Musaev, meanwhile, was a little more diplomatic. “I am very glad that I continued my sports career inn one of the coolest organizations in the world,” he said. “My opponent is a good experienced fighter and I will treat him with respect and wish to fight him in my best condition without any injuries. May the best man win.”

RIZIN 16 takes place June 2, 2019 at the Kobe World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan. The full card for the event is available below!


RIZIN Super Atomweight championship
Ayaka Hamasaki vs Jinh Yu Frey

Kanna Asakura vs Miyuu Yamamoto
Erson Yamamoto vs Tim Eschtruth
Roque Martinez vsJake Heun
Yusaku Nakamura vs Topnoi Tiger Muay Thai
Daron Cruickshank vs Tofiq Musaev
Takaki Soya vs Namiki Kawahara
Mamoru Uoi vs Kana Hyatt


ISKA Featherweight World Championship
Ahmed Ferradji vs Tenshin Nasukawa

ITTO vs Kan Nakamura
Kunitaka vs Kizaemon Saiga
Hiroto Yamaguchi vs Taiju Shiratori
YUYA vs Yuki Tanaka
Seiki Ueyama vs KENGO



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