RIZIN 37 Set for Saitama Super Arena, Multiple Fights Announced

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Naoki Inoue, RIZIN 26 Credit: RIZIN FF

RIZIN Fighting Federation will return to the Saitama Super Arena later this month.

RIZIN 37 is set to take place on July 31, 2022 at the historic venue just outside Tokyo, Japan. Promotion officials announced the news at a press conference and in a subsequent press release distributed on Wednesday. Multiple fights were also revealed for the card, which will be RIZIN’s second in the month of July.

Among the newly announced bouts, UFC veteran Naoki Inoue (15-3) will look to get back in the win column against Kenta Takizawa (13-8). The pair both reached the semifinal round of RIZIN’s bantamweight grand prix in 2021; Inoue would fall to Hiromasa Ougikubo, while Takizawa came up short against Kai Asakura.

Another UFC veteran, Ulka Sasaki, will also be in action at RIZIN 37 on July 31. Sasaki (23-10-2) will be looking to snap a two-fight skid when he takes on Yoshiki Nakahara (15-5).

Japanese heavyweight Hideki “Shrek” Sekine (12-5), a former ONE Championship title challenger, will look to extend his four-fight win streak when he takes on Tsuyoshi Sudario (4-1), who has spent his entire pro career under the RIZIN banner.

Announced for RIZIN 37 thus far are the following match-ups:

  • Naoki Inoue vs Kenta Takizawa
  • Ulka Sasaki vs Yuki Nakahara
  • Yuki Motoya vs Shinobu Ota
  • YUSHI vs HARUKI – RIZIN Challenge rules
  • Hideki Sekine vs Tsuyoshi Sudario
  • Kota Miura vs Felipe Masoni
  • Hideo Tokoro vs Makoto Takahashi
  • Vugar Karamov vs Rikuto Shirakawa