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RIZIN tournament brackets set for open-weight grand prix in Japan


RIZIN Fighting Federation recently announced the tournament brackets for the second half of its upcoming open weight grand prix, which takes place inside Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 29 (quarterfinals) and Dec. 31 (semifinals, finals) in Saitama, Japan.

After earning a first-round bye, former PRIDE smashing machine Wanderlei Silva will renew his rivalry with aging striker Mirko Filipovic. In addition, Shane Carwin will come out of retirement to sling heavyweight leather against Amir Aliakbari.


Wanderlei Silva vs. Mirko Filipovic
Baruto vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka
Shane Carwin vs. Amir Aliakbari
Valentine Moldavsky vs. Szymon Bajor


Winner of Silva-Filipovic vs. Winner of Baruto-Kosaka
Winner of Carwin-Aliakbari vs. Winner of Moldavsky-Bajor

Elsewhere across the two-day event, Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett will rematch Minoru Kimura, while Tatsuya Kawajiri makes his return to “The Land of the Rising Sun” to battle Iron Gracie.

Expect more RIZIN fight card announcements in the coming weeks, if not days.

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