RIZIN 31 Topped by Featherweight Title Fight, Promotion Announces Monthly Events

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Yutaka Saito, RIZIN 25 Credit: RIZIN FF

RIZIN Fighting Federation will have a busy end to 2021.

The Japanese mixed martial arts promotion announced Monday that they will host monthly events up to the end of the year, starting with this month’s RIZIN 31 in Yokohama. In November, the organization will head to the island of Okinawa for the first time for RIZIN 32. The plan for RIZIN 33 is under wraps, but the card is likely to be their annual New Year’s Eve special.

“We are planning to put on monthly events for the rest of the year while following the guidelines given from the government. I am proud to announce that we will be holding an event in Okinawa for the first time in November,” RIZIN CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara was quoted as saying in a press release. “RIZIN 32 will be held at the Okinawa Arena which I think is the best Arena in Japan that holds 10,000 people.”

In addition, promotion officials announced the main event for October 24’s show, which will see featherweight champion Yutaka Saito (20-4-2) take on DEEP featherweight champ Juntaro Ushiku (19-8-1).

The full card for the event, which will be available in English via LIVENow, can be found below.

Yutaka Saito vs Juntaro Ushiku – 66kg Featherweight title fight
Kanna Asakura vs. Saori Oshima – 49kg MMA Rules
Tsuyoshi Sudario vs SAINT – Heavyweight MMA Rules
Yusaku Nakamura vs. Yuki Ito – (Flyweight)
Daisuke Nakamura vs Suguru Nii – 66kg MMA Rules
Masanori Kanehara vs. Takahiro Ashida – 66kg MMA Rules
Daichi Abe vs Akira Okada – 71kg MMA Rules
Rikuto Shirakawa vs Takuya Yamamoto – 66kg MMA Rules
Seiichiro Ito vs Kunta Hashimoto – (Flyweight)