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Rizin announces heavyweight tournament bracket

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The Rizin Fighting Federation heavyweight tournament is set, as the promotion announced Monday the bracket and a reserve bout in a press conference in Tokyo.

Taking place at the Saitama Super Arena, the eight-man grand prix will feature Satoshi Ishii vs. Jiri Prochazka, Teodoras Aukstolos vs. Bruno Cappelozza, Goran Reljic vs. Vadim Nemkov, and Muhammed Lawal against a yet-to-be-announced opponent.

"King Mo", a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, is the only fighter still waiting for an opponent, as Mark Godbeer was forced out due to an injury. Lawal will fight a heavyweight from British promotion BAMMA’s roster, Rizin officials announced.

In the reserve bout, Valentin Moldavsky takes on Yuta Uchida. The tournament will begin on Dec. 29 and will be completed on Dec. 31.

The event airs on Spike TV, and also features the return of Kazushi Sakuraba in a catchweight bout versus Shinya Aoki, and lightweight prospect Kron Gracie against Erson Yamamoto.