More Fights Added to RIZIN 33, Souza to Defend Lightweight Title Against Yachi

Yusuke Yachi RIZIN
Yusuke Yachi Credit: RIZIN FF

RIZIN 33, the final card of the year for the Japanese fighting outfit, continues to grow.

Promotion officials announced additional bouts for the event on Thursday, and revealed the opponent for lightweight champ Roberto Satoshi Souza, who had previously been added to the card.

That fight will see Souza put his title on the line against Yusuke Yachi. It’s a rematch of the pair’s 2020 bout, which Souza won via TKO.

Ayaka Hamasaki has also joined the card, with the Super Atomweight champ taking a non-title bout against the debuting Seika Izawa.

In addition, the promotion announced that a full house of spectators will be able to attend the show, scheduled for December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

“We are also happy to announce that we will be allowed to put on an event at 100% capacity for the NYE show, so we expect about 25,000 in attendance,” CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara was quoted as saying in a press release on Thursday. “NYE in Japan has
always been something special for the fight fans in Japan, and the ‘fight expo’ has always taken a big part of it. We haven’t been able to do our fight expos since the pandemic, but I am happy to announce that we will hold the fight expo during the day time for December

RIZIN 33 currently consists of the following announced bouts:

Winner of SF1 vs Winner of SF2 (or reserve bout) – RIZIN Bantamweight GP Finals
Roberto “Satoshi” Souza (c) vs Yachi Yusuke – for the RIZIN Lightweight Championship
Mikuru Asakura vs Yutaka Saito
Ayaka Hamasaki vs Seika Izawa
Kyohei Hagiwara vs Hiroaki Suzuki
Koji Takeda vs Beynoah
Shoma Shibisai vs Hideki ‘Shrek’ Sekine
Kai Asakura vs Kenta Takizawa – RIZIN Bantamweight GP Semi Finals
Hiromasa Ougikubo vs Naoki Inoue – RIZIN Bantamweight GP Semi Finals
Yuki Motoya vs Kintaro – RIZIN Bantamweight GP reserve bout


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