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The MMA Vivisection - RIZIN World Grand Prix 2017 2nd Round & Finals picks, odds, and analysis

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Zane Simon, Victor Rodriguez, and D.E.O. are back to talk about this weekend's RIZIN FF doubleheader cards in Saitama, Japan. With picks and odds for all the fights on the 2nd leg of the World Grand Prix, and as many as we can deliver for the finals.

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The UFC isn’t the only big show in combat sports as 2017 comes to an end. Japanese carnival-MMA promotion RIZIN is gearing up for another spectacular NYE set of events with their 2017 World Grand Prix. They’ll be running quarter, semi, and final legs of their bantamweight, women’s super atomweight, and flyweight kickboxing tournaments. Featuring talents like Kyoji Horiguchi, Ian McCall, Rena Kubota, and Tenshin Nasukawa. As well as non-tournament bouts featuring Mirko CroCop, Takanori Gomi, Reina Miura, and maybe even Gabi Garcia.

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Here’s a look at the Rizin World Grand Prix 2nd Round and Final Round cards. The cards will be available on FITE.TV via iPPV starting at 1 a.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Pacific on December 29th (Friday morning/Thursday night) and December 31st (Sunday morning/Saturday night). Or on tape-delayed PPV starting at 5 a.m. Eastern/2 a.m. Pacific on December 31st.


BW Quarter-Final: Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Gabriel Oliviera
BW Quarter-Final: Ian McCall vs. Manel Kape
BW Quarter-Final: Kevin Petshi vs. Shintaro Ishiwatari
BW Quarter-Final: Khalid Taha vs. Takafumi Otsuka
Gabi Garcia vs. Shinobu Kandori ??? (Fight may be cancelled)
Jiri Prochazka vs. Karl Albrektsson
Reina Miura vs. Cindy Dandois
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Baataryn Azjavkhlan
BW Reserve: Anthony Birchak vs. Jae Hoon Moon
Kizaemon Saiga vs. Kai Asakura
Shizuka Sugiyama vs. Kana Watanabe
Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Satoru Kitaoka

You can watch the 2nd Round on iPPV here.


BW Grand Prix Finale
Super AW Grand Prix Finale
FLW Kickboxing Finale
Mirko Filipovic vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka
Shinju Nozawa-Auclair vs. Chelsea LaGrasse
Takanori Gomi vs. Yusuke Yachi
Super AW Semi-Final: Rena Kubota vs. Irene Cabello Rivera
Super AW Semi-Final: Maria Oliveira vs. Kanna Asakura
FLW Kickboxing Semi-Final: Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Yuta Hamamoto
FLW Kickboxing Semi-Final: Mitsuhisa Sunabe vs. Yamato Fujita
BW Grand Prix Semi-Final
BW Grand Prix Semi-Final

You can watch the Final Round on iPPV here.