Allan Nascimento has been wanting to fight on a Rizin card since the promotion debuted in 2015, a goal he will finally accomplish at Rizin World GP Night 1.
However, Nascimento was already supposed to make his promotional debut two times before in Rizin, both times against Yuki Motoya, but Motoya pulled out of the prior two fights and at izin World GP Night 1. Motoya will be seeing a motivated Nascimento.
“I’ll be much more ready this time,” Nascimento told MMA Junkie. “In April, I was going to fight after almost a year layoff due to injury. This time around, I’ll be coming in off two fights (both victories) in the second semester. I’m in a better fighting rhythm. It’s going to be an even better fight. So now I’m very well prepared – mentally and physically. I think Rizin waited for the right moment to book us again. I believe I’ll be even more ready. I’ll be even better. We’ll meet at a higher weight this time – at a catchweight. So, for me it’s better, since I’ll have to suffer less, especially considering the long trip. I’m twice as willing and motivated to win now. I want to put on a good show in Japan. This is a big event.”
Nascimento won’t just be in the Rizin ring to represent himself, because he will be representing all of Chute Boxe, one of the best fight teams in Brazil.
“I’m heading to Japan to represent Brazil and to represent Chute Boxe,” Nascimento said. “Chute Boxe is the greatest MMA school in the world, and has a very large presence in Japan. Without a doubt, the Chute Boxe style will prevail again in Japan. In his last Rizin fight in 2015, Motoya was knocked out by (my teammate) Felipe Efrain. I should have had a chance to knock him out in April, but now I get to do it in December.”
Rizin World GP Night 1. takes place on Thursday, December 29 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan with King Mo and Mirko Cro Cop headlining.