She defends her belt against Kanna Asakura (@a_kanna_) this Sunday!
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The Rizin Fighting Federation 27 headliner is now official, as both Ayaka Hamasaki and Kanna Asakura made weight ahead of their atomweight championship clash.
Hamasaki, the reigning champion, tipped the scales at 107.5 pounds, while Asakura checked in at 107.2. Rizin 27 takes place at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan on Sunday and features 10 MMA bouts.
Hamasaki and Asakura initially squared off for the vacant atomweight belt at Rizin 14, with Hamasaki winning via armbar in the second round. Hamasaki has won four of her five bouts under the Rizin banner since then, falling only to Seo Hee Ham in December 2019. The 38-year-old regained the vacant title with a spectacular leg scissor choke tapout of Miyuu Yamamoto at Rizin 26 this past New Year’s Eve.
Asakura, 23, enters the rematch on a four-bout winning streak. The Paraestra Matsudo representative last appeared at Rizin 26, where she outpointed Ai Shimizu. The former Rizin atomweight grand prix winner has been victorious in 18 of 22 professional outings.
Rizin 27 Weigh-in Results:Ayaka Hamasaki (107.5) vs. Kanna Asakura (107.2)
Roberto de Souza (155.9) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (156.4)
Koji Takeda (156) vs. Takasuke Kume (156.5)
Kleber Koike Erbst (145.1) vs. Kazumasa Majima (145.5)
Tsuyoshi Sudario (254.4) vs. Kazushi Miyamoto (247.6)
Tetsuya Seki (145.3) vs. Yoshinori Horie (145.5)
Kazuma Sone (134.3) vs. Hiroki Yamashita (134.1)
Shuto Watanabe (133.4) vs. Takumi Tamaru (134.4)
Yutaro Muramoto (125.5) vs. Seigo Yamamoto (125.2)
Kohei Sugiyama (125.3) vs. Yuki Ito (124.5)
Kanna Asakura (@a_kanna_) makes weight for #RIZIN27 !— RIZIN FF English (@rizin_English) March 20, 2021
She seeks RIZIN gold this weekend when she faces RIZIN Super Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki (@kk331ayaka)!
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