Japan has a storied tradition of hosting big fights on new year’s eve, and as 2019 comes to a close, Bellator and Rizin will be working together to put on a two-day event. Bellator: Japan will happen on December 29, and Rizin.20 will happen two days later on December 31.
Both events will be hosted at the Saitama Super Arena, with some of the biggest names from the two promotions will be involved. They have also released the official poster for the NYE dual-header, and I have to say, it is pretty damn good.
Bellator: Japan will see Fedor Emelianenko take on fellow former PRIDE star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and a rematch between Benson Henderson and Michael Chandler.
Rizin.20 will have the rematch between Bellator and Rizin champ Kyoji Horiguchi and Kai Asakura, an atomweight title bout between Ayaka Hamasaki and Seo Hee Ham, and a four-man lightweight grand prix involving Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, Luiz Gustavo, Johnny Case, and Tofiq Musaev.
Check out the promo for the double-header: