Set for May 30th, RIZIN.29 in Osaka has been postponed until June 27th.
The State of Emergency declared by Japanese Government in response to the surging Corona threat has proven a major hurdle for Martial Arts organizations. Events can be held but must follow strict rules. Most notably, venues must operate at 1/2 capacity, with “staggered” seating ensuring attendees cannot sit side by side. Smaller promotions have adapted and made the most of the situation, with the likes of Shooto, Pancrase and elite Kickboxing org Rise all hosting events this month. For a giant like Rizin, that relies on audience revenue from grand stages, the barrier is insurmountable.
As a Result Rizin have postponed Rizin 29, set for May 30th at the Maruzen Intec Arena, Osaka. The venue and fight card remain unchanged, however, the new date for the event will be June 27th. This news follows the previous announcement that Rizin 28, scheduled for the colossal Tokyo Dome, had been moved from May 23rd to June 13th. While not much of a silver lining the shuffling of the events has at least put them back in order.
Rizin has always been firmly committed to delivering sensational shows. Fans may have to wait a little longer but can look forward to enjoying the unadulterated Rizin experience next month, starting with the Tokyo Dome on the 13th and Osaka Maruzen Intec Arena on the 27th.