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RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GRAND-PRIX 2017 – 07/30/2017: Comments from Fighters in Bantamweight GP


Kyoji Horiguchi

The following are the comments from three bantamweights that attended the press conference on held in Tokyo on last wednesday.

All three of them are confirmed to compete in the upcoming RIZIN bantamweight GP.

Tokoro Hideo (he will be fighting Kyoji Horiguchi in the GP first round)

“At first, when I got the offer to fight Horiguchi, I was bewildered, and the people around me were against the idea. But after having more than few conversations with (Nobuyuki) Sasakibara, I decided to not run a way. As my last challenge, I have decided to fight Horiguchi.

99 out of 100 people are thinking Horiguchi is going to win this fight but I want to get that last one percent, and I think I am the only Japanese that can beat him.

Takafumi Otsuka

Like Horiguchi said, this is going to be a fighter that used to fight in HERO’S and PRIDE versus a fighter from today’s generation. I defeated (Alexandre Franca) Nogueira 12 years ago and right now, I feel, the situation is very similar to back then. Because of that win I have been able to fight in big events so I believe, this time, I am going to win again.”

Takafumi Otsuka (DEEP bantamweight champion. He is going to face Anthony Birchak in the GP opening round)

“I always wanted to fight for RIZIN and I get to fight the UFC veteran so I am pumped. I think our fight style matches well and I am going for the kill.”

Keita Ishibashi

Keita Ishibashi (Shooto’s Pacific Rim bantamweight champion. In the GP first round, he is taking on Khalid Taha from Germany)

“I am Ishibashi, a representative from Shooto. For those that don’t know about me, I am sure you wanted to see other fighter in this GP but I am going to try to silent those people by putting up a very intense fight. In Shooto or in RIZIN, what I do is the same. I am going to attack in full throttle. An intense fight, guaranteed.”

RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GRAND-PRIX 2017
Sunday, July 30th, 2017
At Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Doors Open – 12:30
Fight Starts – 14:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

RIZIN Bantamweight GP Tournament First Round Bout 5 min / 2R (5-min Ext R if necessary)
Kyoji Horiguchi (Japan / American Top Team) vs Hideo Tokoro (Japan / Reversal Gym Musashi Kosugi Tokoro Plus)

RIZIN Bantamweight GP Tournament First Round Bout 5 min / 2R (5-min Ext R if necessary)
Takafumi Otsuka (Japan / T GRIP TOKYO) vs Anthony Birchak (USA / 10th Planet Tucson – Luta Elite MMA)

RIZIN Bantamweight GP Tournament First Round Bout 5 min / 2R (5-min Ext R if necessary)
Keita Ishibashi (Japan / Duro Gym) vs Khalid Taha (Germany / Combat Club Cologne)

 

report by Shu Hirata
photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)

 



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