The fledgling promotion announced the contest, which will be
contested at pound catch-weight, on Thursday. Additionally, Rizin
revealed two more bouts for its
Dec. 29 card, as Hinata Watanabe will face Kazuyuki
Miyata in a lightweight affair, while Kirill
Sidelnikov will lock horns with Carlos
Toyota at heavyweight. Watanabe-Miyata will be a mixed-rules
bout, with the fighters competing under both kickboxing rules and
MMA rules for at least one round.
Rizin FF takes place on both Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 at the Saitama
Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The extravaganza features the return
Emelianenko on the New Year’s Eve bill, although an opponent
for “The Last Emperor” has yet to be announced.
Ward, 27, has won three straight under the Bellator banner,
Carroll and Dennis
Olson inside of a round in 2015. Hasegawa, meanwhile, is 10-0
as a professional, including a first-round submission of Ryuta
Sakurai at Deep 71 “Impact” in February.