With a dry score of 5-0 in favor of the American organization, the joint Bellator MMA and Rizin FF tournament, held on December 31 in Saitama, Japan, ended.
Cross fights became part of the main card of the event, which was successfully opened by the Russian Gadzhi Rabadanov, who defeated the Japanese Koji Takeda by unanimous decision.
The initiative of the Russian lightweight was supported by Juan Archuleta and Kyoji Horiguchi, who defeated Soo Chul Kim and Hiromasu Ogikubo by unanimous decisions, respectively.
In the main matches of the Rizin 40 tournament, the audience also did not see early endings.
In the second event, former Bellator Featherweight Champion A.J. McKee defeated reigning Rizin Lightweight Champion Roberto de Souza, and in the main event, reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Patricio Freira outmatched Kleber Koik Erbst. holding the Rizin featherweight title.
Among other results of the event, we note the spectacular victory of John Dodson, who already knocked out Hideo Tokoro in the first round, as well as the unsuccessful performance of former UFC fighter Rogerio Bontorin, who lost by knockout in the second round to Yuki Motoya.
All results of the tournament Rizin 40.