MMA fans can add another promotion to those that are affected by the coronavirus pandemic as Rizin 22 has been canceled.
Rizin officials issued the following statement via Twitter:
幻に終わったRIZIN.22のポスタービジュアルです。本当に残念です。我々RIZINスタッフ一同は、この苦難の時期にただ耐えるのでは無く、終息した後にパワーアップして皆さんをお迎えする為の準備期間にしたいと思います！“真夏の格闘技の祭典”を共に創造し、必ず実現させましょう！ pic.twitter.com/VrHQkY9vLQ— NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA (@nobu_sakakibara) April 2, 2020
Here is a translation of what was written, provided by Google Translate:
“It is a poster visual of RIZIN.22 that ended in a vision. It is really a pity. We, the RIZIN staff, do not just endure this time of hardship, but want to be ready to power up and greet you after the end! Create a “Midsummer Martial Arts Festival” together and make it a reality!”
There was only one fight announced publicly for the event, which was a lightweight division attraction between Kotetsu Boku and Mikuru Asakura.
MMA Fighting reports that Japan has seen 2,384 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 57 people dying due to the virus.