The bout card for RIZIN 21 event has been finalized.
Mikuru Asakura and Daniel Salas meet in the 68-kg (approx. 150 pounds) headliner of RIZIN 21, which takes place Saturday (Friday evening in North America) at Hamamatsu Arena in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Asakura—the older brother of bantamweight contender Kai Asakura—has won eight straight fights to push his pro record to 12-1 (1 NC) most recently defeating John Teixeira by unanimous decision in December. His other notable RIZIN conquests include Yusuke Yachi, Takeshi Inoue, and Hatsu Hioki.
For Salas (16-6-1), this will be his RIZIN debut. “El Cazador” is on a two-fight win streak.
In the co-main event, DEEP bantamweight champion and Josh Barnett disciple Victor Henry (19-4) fights 16-year veteran Masanori Kanehara (27-13-5) in a bantamweight bout. Henry made a spectacular RIZIN debut last August with a triangle choke submission of Trent Girdham.
#RIZIN2019 Submission(s) of the Year:— Mike Skytte (@MikeLovesTacosX) January 3, 2020
DEEP bantamweight champion Victor Henry makes his RIZIN debut and takes out Trent Girdham with a slick inverted triangle in a fun, back-and-forth grappling match. #RIZIN18 @VictorHenryMMA pic.twitter.com/Eju5Ro8XSx
RIZIN 21 will feature MMA bouts, kickboxing bouts, and a jiu-jitsu exhibition. The event will stream live on FITE TV PPV at midnight (ET) on Friday.
See the full card below:
Mikuru Asakura vs. Daniel Salas
Victor Henry vs. Masanori Kanehara
Roque Martinez vs. Hideki Sekine
Marcos Yoshio de Souza vs. Falco Neto
Kintaro vs. Kenji Kato
Roberto Satoshi Souza vs. Team NAKAI — Jiu-Jitsu Exhibition Elimination Match
Trent Girdham vs. Naoki Inoue
Vugar Karamov vs. Kyle Aguon
Kousuke Jitsukata vs. Ryo Sakai — kickboxing
Kenichi Takeuchi vs. Naoya — kickboxing
The following bouts will not be televised
Henry Cejas vs. SEIDO — kickboxing
YUYA vs. KOUKI — kickboxing
Masaji Tozuka vs. Masahiro Ozawa — kickboxing