If you\u2019ve only started to watch MMA during the past few years (We ain\u2019t judging) then you would never have been able to experience the marvel that was Pride Fighting championship. Pride was a charming organization; it took inspiration from that 80s \u2018Karate Kid\u2019 era. It also almost guaranteed that every fighter would be using synthetic chemicals to enhance their body, this allowed fighters such as Fedor Emelianenko & Antonio Nogueira to flourish and go full tank mode. It was a fun organization yet one of the finest traits was the \u2018Grand Prix\u2019. Pride held its 68th and final event in 2007. The death of Pride created a void that Rizin is hoping to fill. Rizin is holding two cards this New Years weekend. Here I'll cover over some of the best fights on the card and discuss why you can\u2019t miss it. Bantamweight Grand Prix: Ian McCall vs. Manel Kape \u2013 Ian McCall was an ex UFC 125 pounder, he\u2019s currently 2-1 in his past three fights and is coming off a loss to John Lineker; albeit Lineker missed weight. McCall is also notorious for pulling out of fights. He\u2019s had to pull out of fights nine times during his UFC stint. McCall\u2019s biggest fight was against \u2018Mighty Mouse\u2019 Jonhson where he lost a decision, yet it was a very tough fight to call as both fighters had their moments throughout the brawl. It\u2019s hard to gauge how great a fighter McCall could have been if it wasn't for the multiple injuries. He\u2019s going to be taking on a mountainous challenge against Rodrigo \u2018Prodigo\u2019 Kape. Kape is currently riding a six-fight win streak; most recently coming off a devastating 71 second TKO over MMA fighter Erson Yamamoto. Kape is a man on a mission and looks charged to take on McCall who has been out of action for nearly two years. Perhaps the Portuguese Kape can shine through the dark cloud of doubt and be triumphant against the veteran McCall. Regardless of the outcome, a lot is at stake for both competitors. McCall is aiming to launch a new chapter in his MMA career and Kape hoping to create some momentum by sniping McCall away. Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Gabriel Oliveria \u2013 This is the second quarter-final match up. Kyoji \u2018The Gooch\u2019 Horiguchi is also an ex UFC 125 pounder. He\u2019s only 27 years old and managed to amass a record of 20 wins and 2 losses. His only \u2018proper\u2019 loss was against UFC Kingpin Demetrious Johnson. That loss was over two years ago and Kyoji looks to have grown in leaps and bounds since being armbarred by the \u2018Mighty Mouse\u2019. He\u2019s on a six-fight streak and seems to act like a fine wine maturing over the years and becoming an all-round better fighter. Kyoji has also risen in Rizin and has become Japans most prolific flagship fighter. He\u2019ll be taking on Gabriel Oliviera; a journeyman from brazil, he is currently undefeated in MMA and obliterated Tatsuya Kawajiri in the second round of his last fight. He loves the body shots and looks to cause a catastrophic upset on Friday. Most expect Kyoji to run over Gabriel like a tank hitting a tortoise. Yet Oliviera posses the potential to land a nuclear knee which may upset the Japanese fans and oddsmakers. Kevin Petshi VS. Shintaro Ishiwatari \u2013 Kevin \u2018The Machine Gun\u2019 Petshi is the tallest fighter in the grand prix. He stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and carries with him an elite ground game. He\u2019ll look to take Ishiwatari to the ground and search for the sub. The ground isn\u2019t Ishiwatari\u2019s haven yet he\u2019s no slouch Shintaro he will want to stand and bang it out on the feet, Shintaro is going into this fight as the current Pancrase 135-pound champion and has kept this belt since 2011. He\u2019s a motivated competitor and one who would like to rematch Kyoji Horiguchi as \u2018The gooch\u2019 finished him back in 2013 in another organization. This fight looks to be a classic striker VS. grappler match up and hopefully it\u2019ll excite the viewers. Khalid Taha vs. Takafumi Otsuka \u2013 Taha is an all-round beast, in his 11-fight undefeated run he has 9 finishes. He\u2019s a dangerous man to try and strike with and is explosive on the ground. He\u2019s talented everywhere and looks set to impress on the big stage. He\u2019s facing off against Takafumi Otsuka; who tends to grind out decisions and fights intelligently. He\u2019s a sneaky fighter and one which is hard to catch on the feet, he went the distance with UFC Welterweight Rafael Dos Anjos. His smart cunning style may act as the kryptonite to Taha\u2019s explosiveness. This fight\u2019s a stylistic dream and Otsuka is also a man seeking revenge, he got TKOed by Shintaro Ishiwatari back in late 2014 (only loss by KO\/TKO) and he\u2019s looking to bounce back from the loss. That\u2019s the Bantamweight Grand Prix. There\u2019s also tons more to go through, the comeback of Mirko Cro Cop, a women\u2019s super atomweight grand prix (108lb), Takanori Gomi is fighting, Tenshin Nasukawa a kickboxing prodigy is scrapping it out in a kickboxing Grand Prix and of course Gabi Garcia is trying to murder a 53-year-old Granny. In the kickboxing Grand Prix; One of Tokyo\u2019s hottest prospects Tenshin Nasukawa is currently the favorite. He\u2019s undefeated in MMA (4-0) & Kickboxing (20-0). Most importantly he\u2019s only 19 years old and loves to put on an entertaining show. He also holds an amateur kickboxing record of (99-5-1 draw). His record speaks for itself; many expect Tenshin to breeze through the Grand Prix. He\u2019ll be fighting Yuta Hamamoto who many people as just another tin can for Tenshin to crush, although this is fighting and anything can happen. \u201cKing Rena\u201d is also going to be taking on ex-UFC fighter in Cindy Dandois. King Reina is something of a Japanese Conor McGregor. She\u2019s (7-0) in MMA and 3-0 in Rizin. This fight is certain to be a clanger as both fighters are willing to stand and trade on the feet and it\u2019s worth noting that Dandois is coming off a TKO win over Kerry Hughes at Cage Warriors 89. You can stream the fights over at fite.tv and for the cheapskates like myself There\u2019s a $20 voucher for getting a friend to join. *Dec 29, 1AM ET\/Dec 28, 10PM PT *Dec 31, 1AM ET\/Dec 30, 10PM PT And the complete fight order for both Rizin FF events. Fight order: December 29th #1 - 75kg (Elbows allowed) 2R 10 min + 5 min Satoru Kitaoka vs Kiichi Kunimoto #2 - 57kg 3R x 5 min Shizuka Sugiyama vs Kana Watanabe #3 Weight TBD 2R 10 min + 5 min Kizaemon Saiga vs Kai Asakura #4 Bantamweight GP Reserve bout \u2013 61kg 3R x 5 min Anthony Birchak vs Jae Hoon Moon #5 -66kg 2R 10 min + 5 min Hiroyuki Takaya vs Battaryn Azjavkhlan #6 -70kg (Elbows allowed) 3R x 5 min Reina Miura vs Cindy Dandois #7 -93kg (Elbows allowed) 2R 10 min 10 min+ 5 min Jiri Prochazka vs Karl Albrektsson #8 -95kg 3R x 3 min Gabi Garcia vs Shinobu Kandori #9 Bantamweight GP Quarter Final -61kg 3R x 5 min Khalid Taha vs Takafumi Otsuka #10 Bantamweight GP Quarter Final -61kg 3R x 5 min Kevin Petshi vs Shintaro Ishiwatari #11 Bantamweight GP Quarter Final -61kg 3R x 5 min Ian McCall vs Manel Kape Fight order: December 31st #1 Bantam weight GP Semi Final -61kg 3R x 5 min Winner of McCall and Kape vs Winner of Horiguchi and Oliveira #2 Bantam weight GP Semi Final -61kg 3R x 5 min Winner of Taha and Otsuka vs Winner of Petshi and Ishiwatari #3 RIZIN Kick boxing tournament Semi Final -57kg 3R x 3 min Tenshin Nasukawa vs Yuta Hamamoto #4 RIZIN Kick boxing tournament Semi Final -57kg 3R x 3 min Mitsuhisa Sunabe vs Yamato Fujita #5 Women\u2019s Super-Atom Weight GP Semi Final -49kg 3R x 5 min Rena Kubota vs Irene Rivera #6 Women\u2019s Super-Atom Weight GP Semi Final -49kg 3R x 5 min Maria Oliveira vs Kanna Asakura #7 -72kg 3R x 5 min Yusuke Yachi vs Takanori Gomi #8 -57kg (Elbows allowed) 3R x 5 min Shinju Auclair vs Chelsea Lagrasse #9 -120kg 2R 10 min + 5 min Mirko Crocop vs Tsuyoshi Kosaka #10 RIZIN Kick boxing tournament Final -57kg 3R x 3 min Winner of Nasukawa and Hamamoto vs Winner of Sunabe and Fujita #11 Women\u2019s Super-Atom Weight GP Final -49kg 3R x 5 min Winner of Kubota and Rivera vs Winner of Oliveira and Asakura #12 Bantamweight GP Final -61kg 3R x 5 min Winner of #1 vs Winner of #2 Stay tuned for more Rizin coverage from the Red Monster: Check out the Rizin trailer in all its Glory below.