Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017: Kyoji Horiguchi Triumphs in Final Round

The Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017 culminated in a spectacular display of martial arts prowess on December 31st at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The event, which featured a mix of MMA and kickboxing bouts, drew a significant crowd of 18,316 attendees, all eager to witness the final round of this prestigious tournament.

The main event spotlight shone on Kyoji Horiguchi, who faced off against Shintaro Ishiwatari in the bantamweight grand prix final. Horiguchi, a favorite going into the fight, showcased his exceptional skills and speed, ultimately securing his victory and further cementing his status as a top fighter in the bantamweight division.

The fight card was diverse, with nine MMA bouts and three kickboxing matches, providing fans with a variety of combat sports entertainment. Notable victories included a stunning knockout via a right hook, a sleeper choke submission, and a flying knee KO that left the audience in awe.

The event also featured a women’s super atomweight grand prix, highlighting the rising talent in women’s MMA. Kanna Asakura emerged victorious in her bout, demonstrating her dominance in the division with a decisive win.

Rizin Fighting Federation, under the ownership of Nobuyuki Sakakibara, has been known for its grandeur and the ability to put together a show that combines both established veterans and rising stars. The 2017 grand prix was no exception, delivering memorable moments and thrilling finishes that will be talked about for years to come.

As the fighters left everything in the ring, the Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017 closed the year with a bang, setting a high bar for martial arts events worldwide and leaving fans eagerly anticipating what Rizin will bring to the table in the following year.


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