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CBS Sports Airing Six Hour GLORY SuperFight Series Marathon on New Year's

New Year's has a strong tradition of bringing fights to the world, letting us all say goodbye to the year with some violence while welcoming a new year. This year will be no different and while tonight may be Rizin FF's second show, plus there will be a KID vs. Masato exhibition in Japan as well, that doesn't mean that there won't be fights to watch in the US, either. CBS Sports Network will be airing a six hour marathon of GLORY starting at midnight Eastern (9pm Pacific) on January 1st.

CBS Sports will be airing the SuperFight Series from both GLORY 25 and GLORY 26 in succession, so if you haven't checked those shows out yet and aren't going to be standing out in the cold for New Year's this seems like a thing to do, doesn't it?

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Rizin Night 1 Results: HIROYA and Hinata Win Big, Sakuraba Says Goodbye

Last night marked the triumphant return of Japanese kakutougi in the Saitama Super Arena after what felt like a long hibernation. Yes, there have been other MMA and kickboxing shows to happen in Japan over the past few years, even a few UFC events that did pretty well, but none could compare to the absolute insanity that was Rizin FF's first night. Rizin FF's first night was nothing short of a throwback to the Dynamite!! events of old, with freakshows, a legitimate tournament and some kickboxing to add some seasoning to the whole thing. 

On the kickboxing front the former K-1 Koshien star and current K-1 and KRUSH star HIROYA bounced back after two tough losses in K-1 over the last year or so with a big win on one of the biggest stages that kickboxing has seen in Japan in a long time. That win was against MMA and kickboxing veteran "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura and it happened via KO in the third round. Wicky was a mainstay in Japan for DREAM in their twilight years and this win was a rather high profile win for both HIROYA and K-1 Japan.

The other big bout was Hinata Watanabe fighting Kazuyuki Miyata, the former K-1 HERO*s and DREAM star in a mixed-rules bout. Think Aoki vs. Jienotsu from a few years ago, only they never made it out of the first kickboxing round because Hinata put a hurting on the 39 year old Miyata and won via TKO by knockdowns. 

On the MMA side the tournament didn't provide many big surprises, unless you thought that Satoshi Ishii could possibly win, because he didn't. Hideo Tokoro beat up our beautiful friend in Kaizemon Saiga, who was best known from his work in K-1's 65kg division before swapping over to MMA, showing Saiga that he still has a lot of work to do on his ground game before he can hang with the likes of Tokoro. The main event was a brutal beatdown from Shinya Aoki against MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba, who should be sticking to wrestling in New Japan from now on since this was his retirement, but you know how that works out. Sakuraba has done a lot for fighting in Japan and he's always been willing to lay it all on the line for fans and the sport. In a way it was fitting for Sakuraba to lose to a Japanese submission specialist on a night that many are seeing as the rebirth of Japanese fighting, isn't it?

Rizin FF GP: Vadim Nemkov (R1 - TKO) Goran Reljic
Rizin FF GP: Jiri Prochazka (R1 - KO) Satoshi Ishii
Rizin FF GP: Teodoras Aukstuolis (R1 - KO) Bruno Cappelozza
Rizin FF GP: King Mo (R1 - KO) Brett McDermott
Rizin FF GP Reserve: Valentin Moldovsky (R1 - Sub) Yuta Uchida

Hiroyuki Takaya (R3 - Dec.) Dalki Hata
Hideo Tokoro (R1 - Sub) Kizaemon Saiga
Anatoly Tokov (R1 - KO) AJ Matthews
Felipe Efrain (R1 - KO) Yuki Motoya (ruled NC due to Efrain missing weight)
Kirill Sidelnikov (R2 - TKO) Carlos Toyota
Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (R2 - TKO) James Thompson

K-1: HIROYA (R3 - KO) Akiyo Nishiura
Mixed Rules: Hinata (R1 - TKO) Kazuyuki Miyata

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Rizin News: Peter Aerts Saves the Day Yet Again

This wouldn't be the first time that Jerome Le Banner has pulled out of a fight without much of an explanation given, nor would it be the first time that Peter Aerts has stepped in on late notice to help to save an event. That's just the kind of guy that Peter Aerts is. Once again Peter Aerts has come to the rescue, just six months after he officially retired from professional fighting. This time it was for Rizin FF's big New Year's Eve spectacular.

Jerome Le Banner was originally slated to fight Kaido Hoovelson in an MMA contest, but has pulled out. Last night at Rizin's first event Nobuhiko Takada stepped into the ring alongside Hoovelson and Peter Aerts to announce that Le Banner was out, officially, and that Aerts was in. 

Those that watched last night's event can attest to it being a violent throwback to the days of PRIDE and K-1 Dynamite!! events that kept the lifeblood flowing through a lot of fans, a stark contrast to the homogeneous UFC events that are pumped out on a weekly basis. 

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Rizin News: Le Banner Might Be Out, Fujita or Aerts Possibly in

Fans of Jerome Le Banner that were looking forward to his return on New Year's Eve in Japan against Kaido Hoovelson in an MMA bout, but it looks like that bout might be in danger now. Reports have been coming in from Japan that Le Banner is injured and won't be able to participate in the show. The only press that we've seen on it seems to be inconclusive, to say the least

The rumored replacement is former PRIDE fighter and New Japan Pro Wrestling star Kazuyuki Fujita and there have been some rumors of Peter Aerts possibly filling in -- and we know that he's in Japan right now -- but it's not clear. Fujita is currently scheduled for a bout on the IGF Inoki Bom-Be-Ye event

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