Two Bouts Added to Rizin FF’s World Grand Prix 2017 Card on July 30
By: Mike Sloan Jun 22, 2017
Rizin FF announced on Thursday afternoon that two bouts have been
added to the Rizin Fighting World GP 2017 card, which takes place
July 30 at Saitama Super Arena. A heavyweight showdown between
Aliakbari and Tyler King
and a light heavyweight clash between Teodoras
Aukstuolis and Karl
Albrektsson will help round out the event.
Aliakbari was the runner-up at Rizin GP 2016, losing to Mirko
Filipovic in the finals. The former wrestling standout came
back with a vengeance in April when he flattened Geronimo
dos Santos in the first round. King, meanwhile, is a veteran of
WSOF, CES and Bellator. The jiu-jitsu brown belt is a former NFL
player, having spent time with the San Diego Chargers, St. Louis
Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars teams.
Aukstuolis fell short in the Rizin open weight GP in 2016 after
dazzling fight fans with a highlight reel knockout of Bruno
Henrique Cappelozza in the first-ever event for the Japanese
promotion. Sweden’s Albrektsson is looking to bounce back from a
decision loss to Valentin
Moldavsky at Rizin 2 last September; he opened his pro career
with five straight wins.