RIZIN 44 features Kleber Koike Erbest, one of the best fighters outside the UFC, facing the pioneering Masanori Kanehara in the main event. That’s great and could be a really fun fight. But this card also has Todd Duffee fighting a former sumo wrestler (under MMA rules).
Tsuyoshi Sudario is 7-2 in MMA. The 26-year-old was formerly a sumo wrestler, using the name Takanofuji. He was formerly of the Tokiwayama stable, which is the current home to top division wrestlers Takanosho and Takakeisho (both of whom are competing in the Aki basho right now).
As a rikishi Takanofuji one a third division championship and had a cup of coffee in the second division (one of only two divisions that pay a salary).
RIZIN 44 Full fight card
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- – Kleber Koike Erbst (31-6-1) 🇯🇵 vs. Masanori Kanehara (30-14-5) 🇯🇵; Featherweight
- – Juntarou Ushiku (22-10-1) 🇯🇵 vs. Kyohei Hagiwara (7-7) 🇯🇵; Featherweight
- – Spike Carlyle (14-5) 🇺🇸 vs. Yoshinori Horie (12-4) 🇯🇵; Catchweight (157 lbs)
- – Tsuyoshi Sudario (7-2) 🇯🇵 vs. Todd Duffee (9-4) 🇺🇸; Heavyweight
- – Rukiya Anpo 🇯🇵vs. Sho Patrick Usami 🇯🇵; Lightweight (kickboxing)
- – Yoshiki Nakahara (17-6) 🇯🇵 vs. Rikuto Shirakawa (11-8-1) 🇯🇵; Featherweight
- – Kazumasa Majima (15-4) 🇯🇵 vs. Takeji Yokoyama (5-0) 🇯🇵; Featherweight
- – Ryuya Fukuda (20-7-1) 🇯🇵 vs. Erson Yamamoto (4-5) 🇯🇵; Flyweight
- – Taichi Nakajima (16-12-1) 🇯🇵 vs. Ryo Okada (17-6-3) 🇯🇵; Bantamweight
- – Shoma Shibisai (9-3) 🇯🇵 vs. Janos Csukas (7-1) 🇷🇴; Heavyweight
- – Takaki Soya (12-5-1) 🇯🇵 vs. Ramazonbek Temirov (16-2) 🇺🇿; Flyweight
Start date and time
RIZIN 44 takes place at midnight on Sunday, September 24th.
Tickets for RIZIN 44 at the Saitama super arena are available here.
You can purchase and watch RIZIN 44 from FITE (bundled together with RIZIN Landmark 6 in some cases). RIZIN 44, on it’s own, costs $19.99. The bundle with Landmark 6 (which happens on October 1) costs $29.99.
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