RIZIN will hold their first-ever event in the Okinawa prefecture this weekend, presenting RIZIN 32 from the Okinawa Arena in Okinawa, Japan. The card on Saturday night will be headlined by promotional veterans RENA and Miyuu Yamamoto, who will be fighting in a rematch.
The card also includes numerous local names like former Strawweight King of Pancrase Mitsuhisa Sunabe.
Follow along throughout the evening for updates on the event.
Main Card (12:00AM EST / 2:00PM JST) (Live-Now / RIZIN Live)
Bout 13: RENA (11-3) vs. Miyuu Yamamoto (6-5) (110 lbs) (MMA Bout)
RENA Finishes Yamamoto With Knee, Ends Close Rematch
RENA scored a sudden stoppage win against Miyuu Yamamoto in the main event of Saturday’s card, scoring a second round stoppage win with a hard knee.
RENA caught Yamamoto with a perfectly timed knee to the head, connecting with the shot during a takedown attempt. RENA then landed punches to a shelled-up Yamamoto until the referee stopped the fight.
The finish victory for RENA came after a close battle earlier in the fight.
RENA landed the better shots early on the feet.
Yamamoto got the fight to the ground in the fourth minute of the opening round, although she had to fend off submissions later on.
RENA attempted an armbar in the final seconds of the round, taking a side control position at one moment while searching for the submission.
Yamamoto earned another takedown quite early into the second round. She was also more active from full guard this time, landing hammerfist punches to RENA.
The damage from these blows became visible on RENA, including a cut above her right eye.
Saturday’s main event was a rematch from five years ago. They first met in 2016, where RENA secured a first-round ninja choke submission. The fight was Yamamoto’s MMA debut and only RENA’s second pro fight.
The fight on Saturday was RENA’s return after over a year outside of the cage. She is now on a four-fight winning streak.
Yamamoto’s previous fight was in late 2020, where she lost a title fight against Ayaka Hamasaki.
Bout 12: Kouzi vs. Kazuma Sone (134 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Kouzi Competes In Fast-Paced Battle Against Sone, Earns First RIZIN Win
Kouzi scored his first RIZIN kickboxing win in Saturday’s co-main event, fighting a wild pace against MMA veteran Kazuma Sone for a unanimous decision win.
Sone had a good start to the fight, making the contest competitive in the opening round. His output slowed in the second round, allowing Kouzi to start take the lead in the battle.
Kouzi scored a knockdown to open the third round, dropping Sone with a left hook as part of an exchange. The fight became close in the final minutes, although it was Kouzi who continued to have control over the battle.
The fight was Kouzi’s first win since joining RIZIN last year. The former K-1 Japan title challenger had previously taken two losses and one draw under kickboxing rules for the promotion, including a decision loss in September 2020 against Tenshin Nasukawa.
While Sone had competed in kickboxing before Saturday, he primarily is known for an extensive career in MMA. He had lost six of his last 10 bouts before the weekend, including his three previous fights in RIZIN.
Bout 11: Mitsuhisa Sunabe (29-9-4) vs. Yoshiro Maeda (38-19-3) (129 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Maeda Defeats Fellow Pancrase Veteran Sunabe, Wins RIZIN Debut
Yoshiro Maeda got the best of a clash between two experienced fighters, defeating former Strawweight King of Pancrase Mitsuhisa Sunabe via unanimous decision.
Maeda was given the scorecard win after a close three-round battle.
Maeda had ground control for a large portion of the first round. Sunabe was able to have some moments on the ground, attempting a triangle choke while on his back at one point.
Sunabe had a quick combination of hooks to the head of Maeda when they returned to the feet for the final moments of the first round.
Maeda tried for a takedown in the second round after throwing a flying knee. A large portion of the second round was stalled in a body lock position as Maeda looked for a takedown.
The fight was paused briefly in the third round after an accidental clash of heads caused the nose of Sunabe to bleed.
Maeda got on the back of Sunabe for a large portion of the final round. Sunabe escaped the position in the final minute of the fight, attempting a kneebar before Maeda held him in a body lock on the feet. The fight wrapped up with a hectic striking battle for 20-or-so seconds.
The bout was the second meeting between the veterans. They first fought nearly two decades ago, as Maeda beat Sunabe back in 2003 via decision. That fight was only Maeda’s second appearance as a pro.
Sunabe was the most popular Okinawa-based fighter competing on Saturday’s card. He is now on a three-fight losing streak that includes two bouts in RIZIN.
Maeda broke a two-fight skid with the performance, which was his RIZIN debut.
Bout 10: Bobby Ologun (2-2) vs. Katsuya Kitamura (0-0) (265 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Ologun Wins In Return To MMA, Submits Former Pro Wrestler Kitamura
Bobby Ologun won in his return to MMA on Saturday, submitting pro wrestler Katsuya Kitamura in the second round with a rear naked choke.
Ologun’s submission came late in the second round, applying the choke in a corner of the ring in the closing moments of the frame.
Ologun busted Kitamura open with punches to the head in the minute before the stoppage.
Kitamura had a decent start to the fight, catching kicks from Ologun for takedowns in the first and second rounds.
Kitamura was making his MMA debut. He is a former bodybuilder and pro wrestler. He notably competed for New Japan Pro Wrestling from 2015 to 2019, going through their trainee system before debuting as part of their roster.
Ologun, who is 55 years old, fought under MMA rules on K-1 cards in the mid-2000s, scoring two wins and two losses between 2004 and 2007.
Ologun is best known as a TV personality in Japan. He pled guilty to domestic violence last year and was fined 100,000 yen for the offense.
Likely due to the inexperience in MMA of both fighters, the bout was held in shorter three-minute rounds instead of the usual five-minute frames.
Bout 9: Daryl Lokoku (9-5-1) vs. BeyNoah (0-1) (159 lbs) (MMA Bout)
BeyNoah Makes Late Comeback, Earns First MMA Victory
BeyNoah made a hard comeback for his first MMA win, stopping Daryl Lokou in the third round with a hard right hand.
Returning to his feet after takedowns earlier in the third round, BeyNoah sent Lokoku to the canvas with a right hook. BeyNoah followed up with punches on the ground until the referee stepped in and ended the bout.
Lokoku had succeeded in earlier rounds, landing with punches to BeyNoah that did damage. This included a second-round knockdown that was earned through a left cross punch.
BeyNoah, a decorated kickboxer, was making his second MMA appearance. He lost his debut in June, dropping a split decision to former DEEP Impact Featherweight Champion Satoshi Yamasu.
Lokoku was returning to RIZIN. He lost a kickboxing bout in the promotion last year, going three rounds against Kaito.
Lokoku was coming off a decision victory he scored over Junpei Sasakawa on a Grachan card in June.
Bout 8: Juri Ohara (28-17-3) vs. Kohei Tokeshi (6-7) (159 lbs) (MMA Bout)
DEEP Impact Veteran Ohara Continues Win Streak, Stops Tokeshi Within Round
Juri Ohara continued his long win streak with another victory in RIZIN, stopping Kohei Tokeshi in the first round on Saturday.
Ohara dropped Tokeshi in the second minute with a two-punch combination of straights. He then utilized RIZIN’s ruleset, throwing a soccer kick and head stomp, along with other shots, before the referee stepped in to end the fight.
Ohara has now won six consecutive fights. While the streak mostly consists of wins in DEEP Impact, it also includes a 2020 win against Yusuke Yachi in RIZIN.
Ohara asked for a New Year’s Eve bout after his win, mentioning how he didn’t take any damage in his fight.
Tokeshi was competing in RIZIN for the first time since 2017. He has remained active in combat sports since then, fighting in Muay Thai and lethwei bouts in recent years.
Tokeshi now has six wins and eight losses.
Bout 7: Haruo Ochi (20-9-2) vs. Tatsuya So (18-17-4) (126 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Ochi Picks Up Decision Win Over So In Return To RIZIN
Haruo Ochi had a hard-fought win against Tatsuya So, getting the unanimous decision win after three rounds.
The punches of Ochi earned him a win against So. Overcoming a height and reach disadvantage, Ochi closed the distance and connected with combinations of shots.
Both fighters were active with strikes in clinch positions, both often targeting the body with punches.
Saturday was Ochi’s fourth appearance in RIZIN. His last win in the promotion dated back to 2018, where he scored a stoppage win against Mitsuhisa Sunabe.
His last appearance was two months back, defeating Kazuki Shibuya at DEEP 103 Impact.
So, a Pancrase veteran, was appearing in RIZIN for the first time. He was making his first appearance in over two years.
Bout 6: Tomohiro Adaniya (16-15-3) vs. Yuichi Miyagi (16-10-1) (126 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Miyagi Floors Adaniya Early With Knee
Yuichi Miyagi delivered a brutal knockout win over Tomohiro Adaniya, flooring him in the opening minute with a knee in the clinch.
The knee made Adaniya fall hard immediately. Miyagi followed up with hammerfist punches on the ground before the referee stepped in and ended the bout.
Miyagi had dropped Adaniya earlier in the bout as well, stunning him with a right cross to start the fight.
Veteran Miyagi was making his RIZIN debut in the fight. He has been somewhat unsuccessful in recent bouts, having only won two of his previous five fights.
Adaniya has now lost two straight bouts. The DEEP Impact veteran was submitted in his previous time around, losing in June to Yuki Ito.
Bout 5: NISSE (3-4) vs. Aira Koga (2-0) (108 lbs) (MMA Bout)
NISSE Takes Close Split Decision Over Koga, Wins In Front of Home Crowd
NISSE took a close victory against Aira Koga, defeating her via split decision after three rounds of action.
Koga succeeded on the feet, exploding forward with hard hooks to the head of NISSE.
NISSE succeeded with takedowns, getting Koga to the ground numerous times throughout the bout.
NISSE now has an even record of four wins and losses each. She snapped a three-fight skid in an appearance two months back, defeating Mizuki Furuse on a DEEP Jewels card.
NISSE called for a New Year’s Eve fight following her victory.
The bout was Koga’s first pro loss. She made her pro debut in just July and has scored two wins in regional promotion DEEP Impact.
Bout 4: Shinya Kumazawa (9-10) vs. Tanner Lourenco (0-0) (163 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Lourenco Pulls Off Dominant MMA Debut, Uses Gi of Kumazawa For Submission
Tanner Lourenco had a strong MMA debut on Saturday, defeating the returning Shinya Kumazawa with a second-round submission.
Lourenco used the gi of Kumazawa for the submission, pulling off a bow and arrow choke.
The submission came after a dominant win for Lourenco that saw Kumazawa in trouble for most of the opening round as well.
Kumazawa earned a takedown in the second minute, although it was Lourenco who got the best of positions on the ground.
Lourenco did damage to Kumazawa on the ground, landing punches and elbows. He attempted submissions frequently during the fight, sometimes using the gi of Kumazawa to choke him.
Lourenco, a current U.S. Marine, was making his first appearance in MMA after years of training.
Kumazawa, 40, was appearing for the first time since 2015. He now has a negative record of nine wins and 11 losses.
Bout 3: Hirokatsu Miyagi vs. Lopez Satsuma (161 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Miyagi Scores Two Knockdowns To Stop Satsuma
Hirokatsu Miyagi made quick work of 50-year-old Lopez Satsuma dropping him twice in the first round for a stoppage victory.
Miyagi first hurt Satsuma by backing him into a corner and unloading with a series of shots for a standing count. Satsuma was then floored by a right hook that finished the fight.
Miyagi, a fighter from Okinawa, usually competes in RISE Kickboxing.
Bout 2: TARKER (2-3-1) vs. Sho Sekihara (7-2) (128 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Sekihara Extends Impressive Streak With Win Over TARKER
Sho Sekihara extended his winning streak to five consecutive fights on Saturday, picking up a unanimous decision victory over TARKER.
Sekihara scored a takedown in the first and second rounds, allowing him to take ground control afterward both times.
TARKER was able to land at times with strikes, although it was Sekihara that got the best of most exchanges on the feet.
Sekihara has won five bouts since late 2020, with most of the victories being in regional promotion DEEP impact.
TARKER was one of the many fighters representing Okinawa on this card. He has lost his last two bouts now and has a negative pro record.
Bout 1: Ryoga Terayama vs. HIROKI (121 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
TEPPEN Gym Prospect Terayama Wins RIZIN Debut
17-year-old TEPPEN Gym talent Ryoga Terayama had a strong RIZIN debut to open the card, going the distance against a tough HIROKI for a unanimous decision victory.
Terayama had a dominant win over HIROKI, who was dropped four times but was able to make it to the final bell.
The first knockdown came late in the first round due to a left hook to the body from Terayama. HIROKI went down again just seconds later, as a knee to the body brought him to the canvas.
HIROKI was dropped early in the second round due to a wild flurry of punches. He was able to stay on the feet for the rest of the round but was floored again early in the third frame.
Terayama is notably related to kickboxer Hinata Terayama, and also trains with names like Tenshin Nasukawa and Taiju Shiratori at his gym.