An atomweight fight between Andy Nguyen and Rena Kubota has been set for the “RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GP 2017: Aki no Jin” event on October 15. The fight will serve as a first-round match in the organization’s 2017 women’s atomweight tournament.
Nguyen (5-3) made her RIZIN debut last December, submitting the Japanese fan-favorite Miyuu Yamamoto in the very first round. She’ll now look to take out another home-favorite in Kubota. The 35-year-old also actively competes for King of the Cage in which she is the reigning atomweight world champion. She won the belt in April of 2016, knocking out Elane Santiago in the third round and has since gone on to defend the belt against Cassie Robb and Bi Nguyen. Also known as “The CrAsian”, Nguyen currently trains at the Karate Mafia gym, along with top flyweight contender, Andrea Lee. She will make the third defense of her KOTC atomweight title this Saturday August 12 when she battles Melissa Karagianis at ‘King of the Cage: Counterstrike’.
Kubota (4-0) has a 100% finish rate, dispatching all of her opponents in devastating fashion. Her record includes wins over Jleana Valentino, Miyuu Yamamoto and Hanna Gujwan. In her last showing, she knocked out Hungary’s Dora Perjes in the very first round. The 26-year-old also competes in Shootboxing fights in which she is also undefeated with the perfect 19-0 record.
‘RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GP 2017: Aki no Jin’, also known as ‘RIZIN 2017 in Fukuoka’ on 15th October from Fukuoka, Japan. The event will be aired live on pay-per-view.