RIZIN Fighting Federation announced today the match-ups for their open weight grand prix tournamnet, which will be held in Saitama, Japan on December 29th.
The biggest matchup of the round, is the matchup of Wanderlei Silva vs Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Both these starts have faced each other twice before. Their first fight ended in a draw, and Cro Cop won the rematch by highlight reel knock out.
Silva has not fought since March of 2013, after being suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for refusing to submit to a random drug test.
The other marquee matchup, is the return of former UFC interim Heavyweight Champion, Shane Carwin, who will take on Amir Aliakbari. Carwin has not fought since June of 2011.
The final two tournament matchups are former UFC and Pride Fight Championship veteran Tsuyoshi Kosaka (TK) vs former professional sumo wrestler, Baruto Kaito and Valentine Moldavsky vs Szymon Bajor.
The semi-finals of the tournament will be held two days later on December 31st.