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RIZIN 45: Clash of Titans and Global Stars Announced for Spectacular New Year's Eve Event

The tradition of ending the year with a bang continues with the official announcement of RIZIN 45, and it promises to be a night of electrifying battles that will leave fans on the edge of their seats. With a star-studded lineup, the event is set to take place on December 31 at the iconic Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The main card boasts two epic title fights that are sure to set the stage for a memorable New Year's Eve. Former Bellator bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi will step into the ring to battle it out for the inaugural RIZIN flyweight title against the formidable Makoto Shinryu. This contest is not just about gold but also about redemption, as their previous bout ended in a no-contest due to an accidental eye-poke. Horiguchi's return to RIZIN is nothing short of spectacular, leaving fans eager to see if he can secure a title in a different weight class.

On the same night, RIZIN bantamweight champion Juan Archuleta will defend his title against the Japanese sensation Kai Asakura. Archuleta, a Bellator product, has embraced the challenge of competing in RIZIN and has already tasted victory in his crossover fights. His opponent, Asakura, is a regional combat sports star with a slew of impressive wins under his belt, including victories over Horiguchi and the former champion Ougikubo.

Adding to the international flavor of RIZIN 45, former UFC title challenger and current BKFC flyweight champion John Dodson will make his presence felt as he squares off against Hiromasa Ougikubo. Dodson, with two impressive RIZIN wins to his name, is set to continue his dynamic journey in this global promotion, showcasing his incredible talent once again.

As Bellator's future remains uncertain, RIZIN 45 promises to be a must-watch event for MMA enthusiasts, featuring a fusion of elite international fighters and homegrown talents. With a night of thrilling matchups ahead, this New Year's Eve, RIZIN 45 is poised to set the standard for a spectacular year of combat sports.


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