RIZIN 22 And 23 Results
RIZIN FF returned this past weekend for its first events in six months, due to the global coronavirus pandemic. RIZIN 22 went down yesterday and RIZIN 23 took place earlier today. Both at the Pia Arena MM in Yokohama, Japan.
In the RIZIN 22 main event, Roberto de Souza got back to winning ways, having lost for the first time in his last fight against Johnny Case at RIZIN 19. ‘Satoshi’ needed less than two minutes to finish Yusuke Yachi. While in the co-main event, Ayaka Hamasaki submitted Tomo Maesawa in the second round.
Official results from RIZIN 22:
Roberto de Souza def. Yusuke Yachi via first round TKO (1:52)
Ayaka Hamasaki def. Tomo Maesawa via second round kimura submission (1:14)
Kanna Asakura def. Mizuki Furuse via first round TKO (1:35)
Naoki Inoue def. Shooto Watanabe via first round rear naked choke submission (1:40)
Kickboxing: Rui Ebata def. Seiki Ueyama via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Kickboxing: Yoshinari Nadaka def. Yuushin via second round TKO (3:00)
Tetsuya Seki def. Koya Kanda via second round knockout (3:47)
Kyohei Hagiwara def. Rikuto Shirakawa via third round TKO (4:40)
Kenji Kato def. Erson Yamamoto via first round knockout (3:32)
The bantamweight title was on the line in the RIZIN 23 main event, after Manel Kape relinquished the title when he signed with the UFC earlier this year. Competing for the title were Kai Asakura and Hiromasa Ogikubo, and it was the former who only needed one round to get the finish and be crowned the new champion, ending the fight with a couple of brutal soccer kicks.
Official results from RIZIN 23:
Kai Asakura def. Hiromasa Ogikubo via first round TKO (4:31) – To win the vacant bantamweight title
Yuki Motoya def. Mamoru Fullswing via third round guillotine submission (2:19)
Yutaka Saito def. Kazumasa Majima via second round knockout (0:24)
Kickboxing: Kento Haraguchi def. Taiga via first round TKO (2:50)
Jin Aoi def. Kotetsu Boku via unanimous decision
Makoto Shinryu def. Seiichiro Ito via flying guillotine choke submission (4:30)
Kickboxing: Kaito def. Daryl Lokoku via unanimous decision
Tatsuki Saomoto def. Yusaku Nakamura via first round knockout (4:06)
Kickboxing: Shintaro Matsukura def. Koji Mori via first round knockout (1:20)