Rising ONE Championship star Itsuki Hirata made a successful return to action on Monday, stopping Miku Nakamura in the second round of their main event fight.
The bout headlined “Road To ONE: 4th Young Guns,” a local card at the Tsutaya O-East in Tokyo, Japan that was sponsored by ONE Championship.
Hirata closed out the fight shortly after scoring a takedown in the second round. The undefeated strawweight landed numerous punches from the crucifix position until the referee decided to stop the fight.
Most of the bout was a controlling performance from Hirata, who was able to keep Nakamura in positions.
Hirata was able to threaten with a guillotine on the feet in the opening round and finish the frame with a takedown.
The win for Hirata saw her resume competition after over a year outside of the cage. Her previous three pro fights took place around a small window of time from June 2019 to February 2020.
Hirata retained her 100 percent finish rate with Monday’s win.
Nakamura is now on a two-fight losing streak. Her previous fight was a majority decision loss to Miyuki Furusawa in December. The
Kasai Ends Sharp Striking Performance After Nagata’s Corner Calls It
Kazuki Kasai showcased his sharp striking in the co-main event of the card, stopping Takuya Nagata in the closing minutes of their welterweight bout.
Nagata recovered from a knee to the head that dropped him, although numerous unanswered punches on the feet afterwards caused his corner to stop the fight.
Kasai looked comfortable on the feet, often walking Nagata down with strikes while only partially displaying a guard.
Kasai was one of the many successful names on the card who were representing regional promotion Pancrase. The stoppage victory extended his win streak, giving him his third consecutive victory.
Ogawa Earns Decision Win Against Neo Blood Winner Yamanaka
Toru Ogawa broke the win streak of Kenji Yamanaka on Monday, putting together a better striking and grappling performance to earn a unanimous decision victory.
The win was Ogawa’s return to action, as he had been inactive since 2019 before Monday. His previous fight was a stoppage loss to Rilley Dutro
Yamanaka was returning to action after becoming the 2020 Pancrase Flyweight Neo Blood Tournament winner.
Arii Scores Three Knockdowns To Stop Hiramatsu, Continue Successful Run
Rising kickboxing star Shoa Arii picked up a stoppage win on the card, catching Yu Hiramatsu in the second round of their bout. Arii concluded his strong performance with a spinning backfist to the head that dropped Hiramatsu for the third time within a round.
Arii’s knees proved to be damaging earlier in the round, as he dropped Hiramatsu twice with shots to the body.
Arii has been keeping active as of late, picking up wins at RISE Kickboxing and Shooto Japan events.
Bout 9: Itsuki Hirata def. Miku Nakamura via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (MMA Bout)
Bout 8: Kazuki Kasai def. Takuya Nagata via TKO, Strikes (RD 3) (MMA Bout)
Bout 7: Toru Ogawa def. Kenji Yamanaka via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 6: Shoa Arii def. Yu Hiramatsu via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 5: Hikaru Yoshino def. Shohei Nose via Decision, Split (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Hirotaka Nadaka def. Tatsuhiko Iwamoto via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 3: Keito Yamakita def. Shuto Aki via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Toshiomi Kazama def. Kohei Maeda via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Bout 1: Koyuru Tanoue def. Takafumi Ato via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)