For the first time in the organization’s history, Bellator travels to Japan and the iconic Saitama Super Arena for an historic event, as Fedor Emelianenko (38-6, 1 NC) and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (38-13) square off in a long-awaited heavyweight showdown. Bellator Japan: Fedor vs. Rampage, powered by RIZIN, takes place Sunday, December 29 and will air LIVE on Paramount Network.
Tickets for Bellator Japan: Fedor vs. Rampage go on sale November 3. Additional bouts are expected to be announced in the coming days.
“For Bellator’s debut in Japan, we wanted to bring a massive event and fighters that the Japanese fans really connect with,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “Given the vast history of martial arts and MMA in Japan, and especially at Saitama Super Arena, this will be a very special show that no one will want to miss.
This will, unquestionably, be a monumental event for Bellator and I am looking forward to the moment that Fedor and Rampage walk out to a crowd that has known them since their careers began. I would also like to thankRIZIN for their help in making this event a possibility and we look forward to working together in the near future to showcase the best talent each organization has to offer.”
Yet both were, and still are, resonant figures in the fight industry there. Regardless of the years, and the toll on their records, and their bodies. Bellator Japan, Fedor vs Rampage, promoted in partnership with RIZIN, will take place on Sunday, December 29. Bring on the fireworks.
The Telegraph understands there are also plans for the event to be aired on Sky Sports.
“For Bellator’s debut in Japan, we wanted to bring a massive event and fighters that the Japanese fans really connect with,” explained Bellator President Scott Coker yesterday, from Tokyo.