Several Fights Announced for February’s RIZIN 21

Roque Martinez vs. Kiyoshi Kuwabara
Roque Martinez vs. Kiyoshi Kuwabara Credit: RIZIN FF

RIZIN 21 is set to take place February 22, 2020 at the Hamamatsu Arena in Shizuoka, Japan. On Friday, the Japanese MMA promotion announced a number of bouts for the card, their first of 2020. Among them, UFC alum Masanori Kanehara (27-13-5) will make his debut for RIZIN FF, after an absence of nearly two years.

His opponent will be a fighter he’s rather familiar with: Victor Henry (19-4). Kanehara defeated Henry with a foot lock at Quintet Fight Night in Tokyo in 2018. This time, they’ll face off under the MMA rule set.

RIZIN officials announced that and other fights in a press release Friday. Among those other bouts will be a heavyweight showdown between Roque Martinez (14-5-2) and Hideki Sekine (7-3). Sekine has competed for ONE Championship and DEEP, while Martinez has been with RIZIN since 2017, competing against the likes of Mirko Cro-Cop and Jerome LeBanner.

The main event for RIZIN 21, meanwhile, will see Mikuru Asakura, brother of promotional standout Kai Asakura, taking on Daniel Salas.

The current RIZIN 21 line-up is:


Mikuru Asakura vs Daniel Salas
Vugar Keramov vs Kyle Aguon
Victor Henry vs Masanori Kanehara
Trent Girdham vs Naoki Inoue
Kintaro vs Kenji Kato
Roque Martinez vs Hideki Sekine
Marcos de Souza vs Falco Neto


Kenichi Takeuchi vs Naoya
Kousuke Jitukata vs Ryo Sakai
Masaji Tozuka vs Masahiro Ozawa
Henry Cejas vs SEIDO


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