RIZIN 22 In Japan Postponed
One of the top MMA promotions outside of the United States has been forced to halt one of its premier events. It was announced that RIZIN 22, set to take place inside the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, has been cancelled.
While there were no bouts scheduled for the card set for April 19, RIZIN founder Nobuyuki Sakakibara was set to create a card for the ages.
“It is a poster visual of RIZIN 22 that ended in a vision,” Sakakibara stated in a tweet. “It is really a pity. We, the RIZIN staff, do not just endure this time of hardship, but want to be ready to power up and greet you after the end!”
— NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA (@nobu_sakakibara) April 2, 2020
One bout that was rumored was Kotetsu Boku and Mikuru Asakura in a lightweight clash. With the current situation, it would be assumed the event was going to be closed to the public.
RIZIN joins several organizations to end events due to the pandemic. ONE, Bellator, the UFC, Combate Americas and more MMA organizations are feeling the wrath of the coronavirus. According to World O Meter, there are over 2,384 cases of the coronavirus in Japan, with over 57 confirmed deaths.