Kai Asakura | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
RIZIN 24 returns this weekend with two of its biggest stars in featured bouts.
In the main event, kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa fights Koji Tanaka, while the co-main event is an MMA bout between bantamweight champion Kai Asakura (15-2) and veteran Shoji Maruyama (18-12-1).
The event takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. local time. It will air early Sunday morning in North America and is expected to be available through pay-per-view on RIZIN LIVE. RIZIN 22 and RIZIN 23 are currently available to watch for free on FITE TV, though it is not yet known if a replay of RIZIN 24 will also be made available at a later date.
Also of note, lightweight prospect Koji Takeda (10-1) returns to RIZIN to fight Shooto and PFL veteran Yuki Kawana (16-4-5), Yusuke Yachi (21-10) meets Juri Ohara (26-18-3, 1 NC) in a lightweight bout, and strawweight standout Rena Kubota (10-3) fights Emi Tomimatsu (15-16).
See the full 11-fight lineup below:
Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Koji Tanaka — kickboxing bout
Kai Asakura vs. Shoji Maruyama
Koji Takeda vs. Yuki Kawana
Takasuke Kume vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Mutsuki Ebata vs. Rasta — kickboxing bout
Kintaro vs. Kenta Takizawa
Rena Kubota vs. Emi Tomimatsu
Takahiro Ashida vs. Kyohei Hagiwara
Tsuyoshi Sudario vs. Dylan James
Yuki Kitagawa vs. Taishi Hiratsuka — kickboxing bout
Yusuke Yachi vs. Juri Ohara