Top American fighter Kevin “The Soul Assassin” Ross will compete at the upcoming Rizin 17 event taking place on 28 July in Saitama, Japan.
Rizin announced the former Bellator and Lion Fight Champion will face Daiki Watabe of Japan in a three-round contest in the 67 kg weight category. The bout will be contested under Rizin kickboxing rules.
Ross has been out of the ring since last July when he lost the Bellator Kickboxing Featherweight Title to Canada’s Gabriel Varga. Varga stopped the 38-year-old Las Vegas resident in the first round.
Watabe is a Japanese veteran who previously held a title in the Krush organization.
Primarily an MMA organization, Rizin also promotes kickboxing bouts on its events. Japanese star Tenshin Nasukawa often fights for the Rizin promotion.