Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (Sachiko Hodaka/Rizin FF)

Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2016: Final Round Results

On Saturday, Dec. 31, Rizin Fighting Federation returned to the Saitama Super Arena in Japan for the Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2016: Final Round.

The event was headlined by the finals of the promotion’s open weight tournament. In one half of the bracket, MMA legend¬†Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic took on the largest man in the tournament, Baruto. On the other side of the ladder,¬†Amir Aliakbari clashed¬†with Valentin Moldavsky.

In addition to the tournament match-ups, the card also featured¬†Japanese legend Tatsuya Kawajiri against grappling ace Kron Gracie, as well notables Hideo Tokoro, Rena Kubota, Gabi Garcia and¬†Hayato ‚ÄúMach‚ÄĚ Sakurai.


The event aired live at 1 a.m. ET on Combat Press.

Mirko Cro Cop def. Amir Aliakbari by knockout (left hook and punches). Round 1, 2:03 – open weight grand prix final
Kron Gracie def. Tatsuya Kawajiri by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:05
Hideo Tokoro def. Erson Yamamoto by submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:19
Rena Kubota def. Hanna Tyson by knockout (crescent kick). Round 3, 2:47
Andy Nguyen def. Miyuu Yamamoto by technical submission (armbar). Round 1, 4:42
Kizaemon Saiga def. Dillin West by knockout (left hook and stomp). Round 1, 2:03
Gabi Garcia def. Yumiko Hotta by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:41
Hayato ‚ÄúMach‚ÄĚ Sakurai def. Wataru Sakata by TKO¬†(ground and pound). Round 2, 2:37
Amir Aliakbari def. Valentin Moldavsky by split decision – open weight grand prix semifinal
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Baruto¬†by knockout (knee to body). Round 1, 0:49 – open weight grand prix semifinal
Tenshin Nasukawa def. Dylan Oligo by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2, 0:37