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It seems that after one event, Rizin is already having an effect on the local mma scene in Japan as top prospect Ryuto Sawata (6-2) addressed the crowd, following his 2nd round TKO victory;
"People call me elite, and it is because of their support that I can fight. Since I want to repay them by becoming champion, I will not give up until I become it. Also, I really want to fight for Rizin so I must do my best."
At the age of 20, Sawada, an AACC product, has the potential to become one of the top fighters in Japan. So far he has fought all of his fights for Shooto/VTJ and has addressed his intention to fight for the UFC.
Here is a piece covering Sawada and Fujii