Following a quick win in his MMA debut, Kron Gracie will return to action in December.
Kron, the son of the legendary Rickson Gracie, is scheduled to take on Asen Yamamoto at Rizon Fighting Federation’s card on Dec. 29 in Saitama, Japan, the promotion announced Monday.
Gracie (1-0), a multiple time jiu-jitsu champion, defeated Hyung Soo Kim in his mixed martial arts debut last December, while 19-year-old Yamamoto, nephew of MMA veteran Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto" and grandson of former Olympic wrestler Ikuei Yamamoto, will be making his MMA debut.
"We have booked such a great fight. Kron Gracie vs Asen Yamamoto. This is a very dramatic and simple matchup for the viewers," said Rizin general manager Nobuhiro Takada said. "This fight has already created a different buzz and atmosphere that the matchups we have so far. Just imagining the outcome sends chills down my spine. Of course they are fighting as individuals, but also for their family. I want them to fight a fight where people will talk about years from now, for them, for their family and for their country. We, the Rizin team would also like to move forward in creating the future of MMA with these two."
Kron Gracie wasn’t present at the today’s conference in Japan, but sent a video massage with his comments on the fight.
"Asen is a tough wrestler, he's a young up and coming kid. Kind of like me," Gracie said. "But the opponent really doesn't matter, because my opponent is always the same, which is my mind."
Yamamoto spiced things a little bit, though.
"Spectators may just think that this is a fight between two families, but for me, I don't want to lose as a Japanese fighter, and as a fighter Asen, so my plan is to beat him up and get my hand raised," Yamamoto said.
"Kron is the world's top grappler and I respect him for that. But once we get in the ring there is no friendship, or anything. If he is coming to fight me with his head, I will fight with my heart. I will give him everything I have to crush him."