Rizin Fighting Federation announced the quarter-final matchups for its bantamweight tournament, including Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi taking on undefeated Brazilian Gabriel Oliveira on Dec. 29 in Saitama, Japan.
The semifinals and final will take place at the Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 31.
The winner of Horiguchi-Oliveira will meet whoever advances in Ian McCall vs. Manel Kape. McCall will compete for the first time outside the UFC after having a hard time getting a fight in the Octagon for almost three years. Kape, on the other hand, returns to the Rizin ring after stopping Erson Yamamoto in 71 seconds this past October.
Rizin FF also officially announced a light heavyweight clash between Karl Albrektsson and Jiri Prochazka, who holds a 4-1 record in the promotion, with his sole defeat coming against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in a 2015 tournament.