Cruickshank vs. Kitaoka, Miyata vs. Souwer Added to Rizin FF’s Dec. 29 Event
By: Tristen Critchfield Nov 25, 2016
A pair of lightweight contests have been added to Rizin Fighting
Federation’s Dec. 29 card.
The Japanese promotion recently announced that Daron
Cruickshank will meet Satoru
Kitaoka and Kazuyuki
Miyata will face Andy Souwer
at the event, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in
Rizin 3 features the quarterfinals of the organization’s
open-weight grand prix, which will conclude with semifinal and
championship bouts at Rizin 4 on New Year’s Eve.
A 13-time UFC veteran, Cruickshank has posted back-to-back
first-round stoppages of Shinji
Sasaki and Souwer under the Rizin banner. Kitoaka, who has
competed for the likes of Pancrase, Deep, Sengoku and Dream over
the course of his 62-bout tenure, has won seven of his last eight,
including a first-round submission of ex-UFC talent Leonardo
Mafra Texeira in October.
The 40-year-old Miyata has won three straight contests and is 14-9
since beginning his MMA tenure in 2004. Souwer debuted with Rizin
on the 2015 New Year’s Eve bill, stopping Yuichiro
Nagashima via punches in the opening frame of their