14 May - 
Rizin FF 16 lineup set with addition of four fights, including Daron Cruickshank

Four new matchups have been added to next month’s Rizin FF 16 event, including Daron Cruickshank vs. Tofiq Musaev.

Rizin FF officials today announced the contests for the June 2 event, which takes place at World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan. The card streams in the U.S. on Fite TV.

Cruickshank (22-11) fought most recently at December’s Rizin FF 14, where he suffered a submission loss to fellow UFC vet Damien Brown. The result snapped a four-fight winning streak for the “Detroit Superstar.” Musaev (14-3) fought the same night, marking his promotional debut with a TKO win over Nobumitsu Osawa. With the result, Musaev now owns a 10-fight winning streak.

“I’m very excited to fight for Rizin and the Japanese fans,” Cruickshank stated. “I look forward to kicking this guy in the face.”

Other additions include Yusaku Nakamura (15-6-1) vs. Thanongsaklek Tiger Muay Thai (6-2), Namiki Kawahara (5-2-2) vs. Takaki Soya (9-4-1) and Kana Hyatt (16-19) vs. Mamoru Uoi (21-6-5).

With the additions to the card, the MMA portion of the Rizin FF 16 lineup includes:

  • Champ Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Jinh Yu Frey – for super atomweight title
  • Kanna Asakura vs. Miyuu Yamamoto
  • Tim Eschtruth vs. Erson Yamamoto
  • Jake Heun vs. Roque Martinez
  • Yusaku Nakamura vs. Thanongsaklek Tiger Muay Thai
  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Tofiq Musaev
  • Namiki Kawahara vs. Takaki Soya
  • Kana Hyatt vs. Mamoru Uoi

For more on Rizin FF 16, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.