A random draw was held on Friday in Japan to determine the match-ups for the opening round of the Rizin Fighting Federation lightweight Grand Prix, set for October 12th in Osaka, Japan.
Patricky Freire, brother of Patricio Freire, Bellator‘s champ-champ, is set to fight Tatsuja Kawajiri (37-13-2) in the opening round of the tournament which will also feature Damien Brown, Johnny Case, among others.
According to Rizin, another draw will be held to determine the semi-final bouts before the promoton’s traditional New Years’ Eve event.
“I respect Kawajiri a lot! I have been watching him fight from 10 years ago. I have always wanted to fight a top Pride fighter. This is a great fight for me and for my career.” , said Pitbull at his press conference.
Grand Prix bouts include:
Tofiq Musaev vs. Damien Brown
Johnny Case vs. Roberto Satoshi
Patricky Freire vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Luiz Gustavo vs. Hiroto Uesako