RIZIN cards finalized for next two shows, including Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Tomo Maesawa

RIZIN cards finalized for next two shows, including Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Tomo Maesawa

RIZIN is loading up for its comeback show this Sunday.

The Japanese promotion made more bouts official for RIZIN 22, its first show since February, a break that was necessitated by the outbreak of the coronavirus in March. The Aug. 9 event takes place at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama, Japan, and will feature a crowd at 50 percent capacity.

Recently announced fights for RIZIN 22 include a strawweight bout between Ayaka Hamasaki and Tomo Maesawa, Tetsuya Saeki stepping in for an injured Yojiro Uchimura to face Kouya Kanda in a featherweight bout, and Rui Ebata meeting Seiki Ueyama in a flyweight kickboxing bout.

Hamasaki (19-3) is coming off of a split decision loss in a super atomweight title defense against Seo Hee Ham at RIZIN’s New Year’s Eve show in December.

Maesawa, an atomweight veteran of 23 fights, holds a 13-10 record and most recently fought at a JEWELS event in October, where she beat Emi Tomimatsu by unanimous decision.

RIZIN is holding back-to-back events this upcoming weekend, with RIZIN 23 taking place on Aug. 10, also at Pia Arena MM. North American broadcast information is still to be announced.

See the updated cards for both shows below:

RIZIN 22

Yusuke Yachi vs. Roberto Satoshi Souza

Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Tomo Maesawa

Kanna Asakura vs. Mizuki Furuse

Naoki Inoue vs. Shooto Watanabe

Rui Ebata vs. Seiki Ueyama — kickboxing

Nadaka Yoshinari vs. Yuushin — kickboxing

Tetsuya Saeki vs. Kouya Kanda

Rikuto Shirakawa vs. Kyohei Hagiwara

Erson Yamamoto vs. Kenji Kato

RIZIN 23

Kai Asakura vs. Hiromasa Ougikubo

Yuki Motoya vs. Mamoru Uoi

Yutaka Saito vs. Kazumasa Majima

Kento Haraguchi vs. Taiga — kickboxing

Kotetsu Boku vs. Jin Aoi

Seiichiro Ito vs. Makoto Shinryu

Kaito vs. Daryl Lokoku — kickboxing

Yusaka Nakamura vs. Tatsuki Saomoto

Shintaro Matsukara vs. Koji Mori — kickboxing

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