Normally for UFC events, StrikeScoreMMA.com puts together a Fight Forecast. The preview shows the fighter's StrikeScore, betting odds, fantasy stats and so on. However, there are not fantasy numbers, striking stats are not available and betting odds come out extremely late if at all. So, using Fight Matrix numbers, we have come up with the following Fight Forecast for Rizin Fighting Federation 1. The table below shows the fighter's current ranking, Rankings Momentum, peak ranking and the date of the quarter in which the fighter had their peak ranking.
In this case, the period use for Rankings Momentum was 4/1/2014 to 1/1/2016. Fighters must have been ranked in at least four quarters during the period to be included.
Kazuyuki Fujita’s peak rank came over 15 years ago. That is a longest peak to current difference on the card.
Oddly enough, Jaideep Singh’s peak rank came after he was demolished by Fedor Emelianenko on New Year’s Eve. Prior to defeating Carlos Toyota for the Deep Megaton title, he had only one victory in MMA over Alireza Tava.
For her MMA debut, Gabi Garcia weighed in at 216 pounds. In her second fight, she will face off against 1-0 fighter Anna Malyukova who has fought as low as flyweight. In 2014, Garcia explained to Tatame that she refused to fight Megumi Yabushita for Real Fight because “I can’t turn this into a freakshow, a circus. I want to fight for real.” She continued, “I denied this fight because of the size and weight difference.” Yabushita, despite being a bantamweight, has fought against larger opponents such as Erin Toughill and 330-pound judoka Svetlana Goudarenko.
Daron Cruickshank will fight for the first time outside of the UFC since 2011. His Ranking Momentum is zero. However, the graph of his quarterly rankings shows that he reached a peak inside the UFC before coming back down to earth.
With the exception of Sara McMann, there have not been high-level international wrestlers convert to MMA on the women’s side. Kanako Murata is already a regular on the Japanese national team. Last May, she came in second at the Arian Championships and is a two-time Junior World Champion. In the following video Murata handles 2016 U.S. Olympian Kelsey Campbell.
Yuki Motoya had his seven-fight winning streak snapped on Rizin’s debut show. However, the fight is officially listed as a “no contest” because his opponent Felipe Efrain missed weight. Fight Matrix recognized the unofficial result, a knockout for Efrain, which explains Motoya’s negative Rankings Momentum.
Anytime there is an excuse to watch Hisaki Kato’s knockout of Joe Schilling it must be done.