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Rizin FF NYE Event Preview

<p>RIZIN Fighting Federation (RFF) is a new Japanese MMA promotion founded by former president of Pride FC, Nobuyuki Sakakibara.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s debut event consists of two separate days of fights, featuring an 8-man heavyweight tournament as well as the return of Fedor Emelianenko. The entire event takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.</p> <p>The first day of fights took place yesterday. In the main event, Shinya Aoki was victorious over MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2015/12/29/10682764/rizin-results-shinya-aoki-batters-kazushi-sakuraba-king-mo-lawal">in a one-sided TKO victory</a>. As for the heavyweight tournament, Muhammed &lsquo;King Mo&rsquo; Lawal, Jiri Prochazka, Vadim Nemkov, and Teodoras Aukstuolis all came out with <a href="http://mmajunkie.com/2015/12/rizin-fighting-federation-1-day-1-live-results">first-round knockout wins.</a></p> <p>Tomorrow&rsquo;s event will be headlined by all-time great Fedor Emelianenko (34-4, 1 NC) in his return against kickboxing veteran Singh Jaideep (2-0 MMA/ 40-10, 1 NC Kickboxing).</p> <p>In July, &lsquo;The Last Emperor&rsquo; announced that he would be <a href="http://www.mmamania.com/2015/9/20/9358465/fedor-emelianenko-signs-with-bellator-mma-at-dynamite-1">coming out of retirement to fight</a> on New Year&rsquo;s Eve after a three year hiatus. Fedor&rsquo;s time in Strikeforce came to an end following three losses in a row to Fabr&iacute;cio Werdum, Antonio Silva, and Dan Henderson. He continued his career fighting in Russia and Japan, winning three fights in a row. His last fight was a knockout victory over UFC veteran Pedro Rizzo in June of 2012.</p> <p>The 6-foot-5 Indian, Singh Jaideep, has over 50 kickboxing bouts under his belt. The 28-year old spent most of his kickboxing career in Japan until he transitioned to MMA in 2013. With a 2-0 MMA record, however, many people believe Jaideep is not yet ready for the daunting task ahead of him in Fedor Emelianenko.</p> <p>In the semi-finals of the heavyweight tournament, &lsquo;King Mo&rsquo; is matched up against Aukstuolis while Prochazka will take on Nemkov. The tournament final will take place the same night.</p> <p>The event airs on New Year&rsquo;s Eve at 10:00 AM EST on Spike TV.</p></p>


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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