Satoru Kitaoka vs. Roberto Satoshi, two other fights announced for Rizin 15 in April
Rizin Fighting Federation has announced three bouts for its upcoming event in Yokohama, Japan, on April 15.
Veteran of the sport, Satoru Kitaoka is set to take on undefeated prospect Roberto Satoshi in a lightweight contest. UFC veteran Damien Brown versus unbeaten DEEP champion Koji Takeda and Manel Kape vs. Seiichiro Ito are also official for the card.
Kitaoka (42-18-9) is coming off a split-decision win over Tatsuya Kawajiri in December, improving to 2-3 inside the Rizin ring. Satoshi (8-0), a grappling wizard from Brazil, finished all of his opponents under MMA rules.
Brown (18-12) scored an impressive first-round submission win over Daron Cruickshank in his Rizin debut in December, bouncing back from a three-fight losing skid in the UFC. Takeda (8-0) is coming off a decision victory over Kitaoka at DEEP 86 last October.
Kape (12-4) holds wins over the likes of Ian McCall and Erson Yamamoto during his 3-3 run in Rizin, while Ito (12-2-2) looks to get back on track after having a 12-fight unbeaten streak snapped by a decision defeat to Tatsuki Saomoto in October.
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Ben Nguyen
Mohammed Lawal vs. Jiri Prochazka
Kai Asakura vs. Ulka Sasaki
Mikuru Asakura vs. Luiz Gustavo
Damien Brown vs. Koji Takeda
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Roberto Satoshi
Manel Kape vs. Seiichiro Ito