Kaana Asakura vs Ayaka Hamasaki RIZIN 14
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Kanna Asakura vs Ayaka Hamasaki added to RIZIN 14 on New Year’s Eve

A massive atomweight showdown has been added to RIZIN's big year-end card

RIZIN Fighting Federation has begun to start announcing matchups for their big annual New Year’s Eve show. This year it’s RIZIN 14 and they definitely started off big with the announcement for their main event as all-time boxing great, Floyd Mayweather looks to take on Japanese kickboxing prodigy, Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition boxing match.

RIZIN founder Nobuyuki Sakakibara has now released two more matchups for the card. One being a pivotal bout at 105-pounds as two of the world’s best in the division square off as Kanna Asakura (13-2) takes on the former Invicta FC champion Ayaka Hamasaki (16-2). Also announced was a featherweight bout between Kazuyuki Miyata (15-9) and Erson Yamamoto (2-3).

I kept you waiting very long! #RIZIN14 It is the first announcement of additional matchup cards. The first class title match was carried out by Kanna Asakura vs Ayaka Hamasaki. The opponent of Kazuyuki Miyata who retires will be decided to the player Yamamoto, and it will be delivered as “Yamamoto” KID “Tak Kaoru Memorial Match”. #rizinff

Hamasaki’s last bout came at RIZIN 13 in September when she defeated another top atomweight in the Deep Jewels champion, Mina Kurobe. It was a relatively dominant victory for Hamasaki as she would find the submission via double wristlock in the very first round.

As for her opponent, Asakura, her last fight was the main event of the huge RIZIN 11 card in July when she picked up her second victory over fellow Japanese star atomweight, Rena Kubota.

Kubota has also been confirmed to be on the RIZIN 14 card. Her opponent has yet to be announced.


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