Lower than two weeks after Justin Scoggins changed Ulka Sasaki to tackle Kai Asakura on the upcoming Rizin 15 present in Yokohama, Japan, on April 21, the match-up has been scrapped from the cardboard, the promotion introduced Monday.
In line with the Japanese promotion, Scoggins suffered a meniscus and ligament tear in his knee.
”I want to apologize to Rizin and the followers, and my opponent Asakura for not being to battle on the upcoming card,” Scoggins acknowledged in a launch. “I’ve suffered a critical knee damage that utterly prevents me from competing. It’s a battle I requested and one I hope to do later within the yr. I respect Asakura and am very sorry for this thrilling battle should be delayed. I additionally apologize to Mr. Sakakibara who accepted this battle for me. I sit up for making it as much as him when I’m wholesome.”
Asakura stated he’s “devastated” to listen to that his battle was cancelled, however promised to “launch this frustration in my subsequent efficiency.”
With the cancellation of Scoggins-Asakura, the cardboard will proceed with 10 MMA bouts and a few kickboxing matches. The MMA portion of shot card contains the return of bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi in a non-title battle versus fellow UFC veteran Ben Nguyen and Muhammed Lawal vs. Jiri Prochazka for the inaugural gentle heavyweight championship.
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Ben Nguyen
Muhammed Lawal vs. Jiri Prochazka
Mikuru Asakura vs. Luiz Gustavo
Damien Brown vs. Koji Takeda
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Roberto Satoshi Souza
Manel Kape vs. Seiichiro Ito
Karl Albrektsson vs. Christiano Frohlich
Kana Watanabe vs. Justyna Haba
Shinju Auclair vs. Saray Orozco
Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Fritz Biagtan — kickboxing bout
Taiga Kawabe vs. Thallison Ferreira — kickboxing bout
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