RIZIN 25: Asakura vs Saito Results
Eight weeks on from RIZIN 24, the promotion returned on Saturday at the Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka, Japan with RIZIN 25. The ten fight card featured six MMA bouts and four kickboxing matchups. In the main event, Yutaka Saito caused an upset by edging Mikuru Asakura in a very close but deserved unanimous decision, to win the inaugural RIZIN featherweight title.
In the RIZIN 25 co-main event, Hiromasa Ogikubo beat Kenta Takizawa via unanimous decision in their pivotal bantamweight contest. Elsewhere on the card, MMA legend Kotetsu Boku lost to Rikuto Shirakawa via a third round TKO, courtesy of a soccer kick and some heavy puches, and then announced his retirement from the sport.
Official results from RIZIN 25:
Yutaka Saito def. Mikuru Asakura via unanimous decision to win the inaugural featherweight championship
Hiromasa Ogikubo def. Kenta Takizawa via unanimous decision
Ryuichiro Sumimura def. Gota Yamashita via split decision
Tatsuki Saomoto def. Daichi Kitakata via unanimous decision
Kyohei Hagiwara def. Yojiro Uchimura via first round KO (0:22)
Kickboxing: Taiga def. Yuma Yamahata via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-28, 30-28)
Kickboxing: Isami Sano def. Hidenori Ebata via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rikuto Shirakawa def. Kotetsu Boku via third round TKO (4:19)
Kickboxing: Jin Mandokoro def. Syuto Sato via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-28, 30-28)
Kickboxing: Shohei Asahara def. Yuma Yamaguchi via third round KO (2:59)
RIZIN FF returns on December 31st with RIZIN 26, which will the newly crowned bantamweight champion Kai Asakura defend his title against the former champion, Kyoji Horiguchi.