Significantly like the initial clearly show on Sunday, the 2nd leg of the RIZIN submit-pandemic doubleheader highlighted a series of emphasize-reel finishes in Yokohama, Japan, and lastly crowned Kai Asakura the bantamweight king.
With the 135-pound division remaining without a winner soon after Manel Kape signed with the UFC, Asakura took on Hiromasa Ougikubo in the headlining attraction of RIZIN 23 and at last set his palms on the gold.
Soon after knocking out then-champion Kyoji Horiguchi in a non-title bout again in 2019 and then coming up shorter in his first title bout versus Manel Kape four months afterwards, Asakura set on a flawless general performance towards Ougikubo on Monday.
Asakura opened the bout with specific strikes to the entire body just before hurting him with an uppercut. The finishing sequence started out with one more uppercut to the chin that related flush on the former Shooto winner and The Ultimate Fighter veteran, and this time Asakura held the tension by connecting a jumping knee and a pair of soccer kick to declare the victory — and the belt.
Yuki Motoya had some slick finishes in his emphasize reel in the previous, this sort of as leg scissor and sleeper chokes, and added a different stoppage to his resume in the co-key occasion of RIZIN 23.
Immediately after remaining on their toes most of the match, Motoya seized the option soon after Uoi got off stability for brief minute for the duration of a while exchange in the last spherical, jumping guard as soon as he had a single arm below Uoi’s chin and sooner or later forcing him to faucet to a guillotine.
Motoya, who had an amazing 15-1–1 operate concerning 2013 and 2018 right before an unpleasant -3 skid in 2019, is now on a two-combat streak after a conclusion over Takafumi Otsuka below the DEEP banner in March and the Monday’s submission in Yokohama.
RIZIN featherweight newcomer Yutaka Saito scored a vicious knockout to shift to 18-4-2 as a skilled and conclude Kazumasa Majima unbeaten six-calendar year run in the Asian circuit.
Majima shot for a takedown from also afar, permitting Saito to consider a one phase back and fireplace a vicious soccer kick that related flush. Saito proceeded to land a pair additional soccer kicks followed by a trio of knees to the head until eventually the referee finally stopped the bout much less than 30 seconds into the 2nd stanza.
Interim DEEP flyweight winner Makoto Takahashi also produced a statement in his marketing debut as opposed to Seiichiro Ito. Moving into the RIZIN ring for the initially time as a 10-1-1 professional with a dozen selections, 20-12 months-previous “Shinryu” scored his to start with MMA complete with fashion, catching Ito mid-air with a guillotine choke immediately after a flying knee endeavor to strengthen to 5- considering the fact that his lone reduction in April 2018.
In the early MMA part of the card, Jin Aoi bought a different winning streak going by defeating previous Just one Championship light-weight titleholder by using final decision in a featherweight bout, even though Tatsuki Saomoto stopped Yusaku Nakamura with punches in the very first round to go to 15-2 in the activity.