RIZIN TRIGGER 1st Live Coverage

Shoji and Kyohei Hagiwara face off at a weigh-in show.
Shoji and Kyohei Hagiwara will headline RIZIN’s first “TRIGGER” card (RIZIN FF)

RIZIN will debut their new spin-off series Sunday, presenting “TRIGGER” from the Kobe World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan. The new series, which aims to be RIZIN’s second-highest brand next to their numbered shows, will also be the promotion’s only use of a cage format for fighting.

The main event of Sunday’s show sees veteran Shoji look to continue recent momentum when facing explosive featherweight Kyohei Hagiwara.

Follow along throughout the evening for live updates.

A full preview of the card can be read here.

Quick Results:

Main Card (12:00AM EST / 2:00PM JST) (Live-Now / RIZIN Live)

Bout 1: Tsubasa Morii def. FUJIMON♡ via Decision, Unanimous (Kickboxing Bout)

Bout 2: Kenji Kato def. Katsuya Fujiwara via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (MMA Bout)

Bout 3: Momoka def. Miku via Decision, Unanimous (Kickboxing Bout)

Bout 4: Tepparith Joegym def. Hiroto Uchimura via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (Kickboxing Bout)

Bout 5: Jin Mandokoro def. Yu Hiramatsu via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (Kickboxing Bout)

Bout 6: Daiki Lightyear def. Makoto Kamaya via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (MMA Bout)

Bout 7: Grant Bogdanove def. Keisuke Okuda via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1) (MMA Bout)

Bout 8: Chihiro Suzuki def. Sora Yamamoto via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)

Bout 9: Tatsuki Saomoto def. Takashi Matsuba via Decision, Split (MMA Bout)

Bout 10: Uoi Fullswing def. Shian via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)

Bout 11: Ryuichiro Sumimura def. Yusaku Kinoshita via Disqualification, Cage Grab (RD 2) (MMA Bout)

Bout 12: Strasser Kiichi def. Takahiro Kawanaka via Submission, Arm Triangle Choke (RD 1) (MMA Bout)

Bout 13: Yoshinori Horie def. Hirotaka Nakada via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)

Bout 14: Kyohei Hagiwara def. Shoji via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (MMA Bout)

Live Coverage:

Bout 14: Shoji (19-14-1) vs. Kyohei Hagiwara (4-4) (146 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Hagiwara Returns To Win Column, Finishes Shoji With Punches

Kyohei Hagiwara showed his explosive striking skills in the main event, putting together a sudden combination of shots in the second round to stop Shoji.

Hagiwara’s finish to the bout came in the second round when he dropped Shoji with a right cross. He continued to land shots on Shoji when he was back to his feet, connecting with a left hook that knocked him down again. Hagiwara then landed a soccer kick to the head of a downed Hagiwara before the referee stepped in and finished the bout.

Hagiwara and Shoji traded blows in back-and-forth exchanges earlier in the fight, both connecting at times.

The bout put Hagiwara back into the win column after suffering a loss to Mikuru Asakura last month.

Hagiwara is best known for securing three finish wins last year, defeating Ren Hiramoto, Yojiro Uchimura and Rikuto Shirakawa in a five-month time period.

Hagiwara seemingly entered the fight with an injury, having a visible bruising around his right eye.

Shoji, a veteran of over a decade in MMA, was riding the momentum of a 20-second finish win he earned against Chihiro Suzuki in September. He had a two-fight losing streak prior to that win.

Kinoshita Result Overturned To Disqualification

It was announced before the main event that Yusaku Kinoshita’s win over Ryuichiro Sumimura was overturned to a disqualification result due to Kinoshita grabbing the cage wall during the finishing sequence.

Footage showed Kinoshita holding onto the RIZIN cage while landing foot stomps on Sumimura as part of the end of their bout.

The change of fight outcome gave Kinoshita his first pro loss through five appearances as a pro.

Bout 13: Yoshinori Horie (11-3) vs. Hirotaka Nakada (4-1) (150 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Horie Takes Decision Nod Over Nakada, Earns Third Win In RIZIN Campaign

Yoshinori Horie continued his strong run in RIZIN in the co-main event of Sunday’s card, putting on a thorough performance against Hirotaka Nakada for a unanimous decision win.

A mixture of strong striking and ground control from Horie gave him a win in the end.

Horie had the better striking early on in the fight, out-landing Nakada throughout. Horie was able to focus on wrestling later in the fight, securing takedowns and getting numerous minutes of ground control.

Horie has now scored a trio of victories since joining RIZIN this year. The former UFC fighter scored two wins earlier in the year, defeating Tetsuya Seki and Ulka Sasaki.

Nakada entered the fight with a small pro record of four wins and one loss. He had won three fights earlier in the year, including a win just two months over Ryo Asami.

Bout 12: Strasser Kiichi (19-9-2) vs. Takahiro Kawanaka (15-7) (170 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Kiichi Secures Submission Win In Return To RIZIN

Former UFC and Bellator fighter Strasser Kiichi had a successful return to RIZIN, putting together a strong combination of strikes and a submission to stop Takahiro Kawanaka in the first round.

The finishing sequence started with Kiichi hurting Kawnaka on the feet. After causing Kawanaka to stumble with a right cross, he scored with the punch again to get the fight to the ground.

Kiichi then secured an arm triangle choke, a submission he tried earlier in the round, in full mount to get a tap from Kawanaka to end the fight.

Kiichi was coming back to RIZIN after a two-fight losing streak with Bellator in 2019. He previously fought for RIZIN in 2017 and 2018, where he defeated Satoru Kitaoka and Ryuichiro Sumimura.

Kawanaka entered Sunday’s card following two stoppage wins recently in regional promotion GRACHAN.

Bout 11: Ryuichiro Sumimura (18-7-1) vs. Yusaku Kinoshita (4-0) (170 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Undefeated Prospect Kinoshita Wins RIZIN Debut With Foot Stop Finish

Undefeated welterweight prospect Yusaku Kinoshita made a statement in his RIZIN debut, finishing a second-round stoppage victory over experienced fighter Ryuichiro Sumimura.

While Kinoshita had a win at the moment, it was later revealed that a cage grabbing by Kinoshita during the finishing sequence caused the result to be changed to a disqualification win for Sumimura.

Kinoshita first got Sumimura to the ground with a right hook that came as part of a combination of shots. A still-standing Kinoshita then utilized RIZIN’s unique ruleset, delivering a series of brutal head stomps until the referee stopped the bout.

Kinoshita, still just 21 years old, now has an undefeated pro record of five wins. His victory on Sunday was the first time he has fought past one round as a pro.

Sumimura entered the weekend with a strong four-fight winning streak that included a RIZIN win over Let’s Gota from last year.

Bout 10: Shian (8-9) vs. Uoi Fullswing (22-10-5) (134 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Fullswing Ends Four-Fight Skid With Quick Win Over Shian

Uoi Fullswing ended a long losing streak on Sunday, stopping Shian in the first round with strikes.

Fullswing dropped Shian many times in the fight with his overhand left punch. After dropping him once with that shot, Fullswing connected with it once more when Shian returned to his feet, getting him to the ground again. Fullswing slightly connected with a soccer kick before the referee stepped in to end the fight.

The fight was Fullswing’s first win since June 2019. He had a four-fight losing streak in MMA heading into the bout, including a loss he took against Yuki Motoya on a RIZIN card last year.

Shian now has a negative pro record of eight wins and 10 losses. He lost as part of the RIZIN Bantamweight Grand Prix in his previous bout, losing to veteran Takafumi Otsuka in June.

Shian was stretchered out following the finish.

Bout 9: Tatsuki Saomoto (16-2) vs. Takashi Matsuba (12-4-1) (126 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Saomoto Takes Close Victory Over Matsuba, Continues Extensive Winning Streak

Tatsuki Saomoto prevailed in a close fight against Takashi Matsuba, getting a split decision win after three rounds of action.

The win for Saomoto came after a back-and-forth battle on the feet. Matsuba started the fight strong, but the striking of Saomoto, later on, secured him the win.

Saomoto is now on an impressive 13-fight winning streak that includes three victories in RIZIN. He fought for the promotion twice last year, stopping Yusaku Nakamura and defeating Daichi Kitakata on scorecards.

Matsuba had a four-fight winning streak snapped in February, losing to Tomohiro Adaniya at DEEP Impact’s 20th Anniversary card.

Bout 8: Chihiro Suzuki (5-3) vs. Sora Yamamoto (12-5-2) (146 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Suzuki Earns Decision Win Over Yamamoto For First RIZIN Victory

Chihiro Suzuki looks at Sora Yamamoto while in the motion of throwing a right cross.
Chihiro Suzuki picked up his first RIZIN victory Sunday, defeating Sora Yamamoto (RIZIN FF)

Chihiro Suzuki went three rounds against Sora Yamamoto to pick up a unanimous decision win on Sunday’s card.

Suzuki’s striking skills earned him the victory in the fight. His best moment on the feet came in the second round, where he dropped Yamamoto with a left hook.

Suzuki lost in his return to MMA earlier this year, getting stopped in just 20 seconds by Shoji in September. The fight was his first appearance after a successful three-year run in kickboxing.

Yamamoto entered Sunday on a five-fight winning streak that included four stoppage wins. He handed Yasuyuki Nojiri his first pro loss last month, defeating him on a collaborative card between ONE Championship and Shooto Japan.

Bout 7: Keisuke Okuda (0-3) vs. Grant Bogdanove (1-0) (161 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Bogdanove Puts Away Okuda Early With Grappling Skills

Grant Bogdanove gets instructed by a referee to let go of a rear naked choke submission against Keisuke Okuda.
Grant Bogdanove submitted Keisuke Okuda early with a rear naked choke (RIZIN FF)

Grant Bogdanove showed his grappling skills in a fast performance, submitting pro wrestler Keisuke Okuda in the first round with a rear naked choke.

Bogdanove took Okuda down early on from a clinch position. He was quick to take the back of Bogdanove, where he applied the choke and put an end to the fight.

Bogdanove won his pro debut earlier this year, securing a submission win on a DEEP Impact card.

Okuda, a frequent pro wrestler for Dragon Gate, has now lost four bouts in MMA. He appeared on RIZIN’s first “LANDMARK” card last month, getting stopped in the first round by Hiroaki Suzuki.

Bout 6: Makoto Kamaya (29-16-4) vs. Daiki Lightyear (9-8-3) (134 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Shooto Japan Veteran Lightyear Scores Knee Knockout

Daiki Lightyear lands a knee to the head of Makoto Kamaya in the RIZIN cage.
A perfectly timed knee from Daiki Lightyear earned him a win over Makoto Kamaya (RIZIN FF)

Daiki Lightyear scored a vicious knee knockout Sunday, knocking Makoto Kamaya out in the second round of action.

The knee stoppage came just moments after the fight was paused due to an accidental eye poke that happened to Lightyear. The strike was perfectly timed, coming just as Kamaya was ducking down to attempt a takedown.

Prior to the finish, Lightyear was in a close battle that included both striking and grappling.

Kamaya looked significantly hurt after the fight, remaining down for over a minute and needing lots of support when leaving the cage.

Lightyear earned a win earlier in the year as well, defeating Hiroki Takaoka on a Shooto Japan card in July.

Kamaya, a veteran, was competing for the second time this year. He was submitted by Takeya Takemoto in their previous bout, but bout was given a no contest result due to Takemoto missing weight.

Bout 5: Jin Mandokoro vs. Yu Hiramatsu (117 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)

Mandokoro Finishes Hiramatsu For Third RIZIN Win

Jin Mandokoro runs around the RIZIN cage with a fist in the air.
Jin Mandkoro picked up his third RIZIN victory Sunday (RIZIN FF)

Jin Mandokoro had a brutal performance for his third RIZIN victory, finishing Yu Hiramatsu with two knockdowns in the second round.

Mandokoro first hurt Hiramatsu in the second round with a front kick to the head. He followed up shortly after with a flurry of strikes, including a clean right hook that dropped Hiramatsu and caused the fight to end.

Mandokoro’s previous wins in RIZIN came in 2020 and 2017. He was coming off a loss in this bout, as he lost on scorecards to Kazane on a RISE Kickboxing card two months back.

Mandokoro asked for a New Year’s Eve bout in his post-fight interview.

Hiramatsu is now on a three-fight losing streak.

Bout 4: Hiroto Uchimura vs. Tepparith Joegym (134 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)

Tepparith Finishes Uchimura With Right Hook

Tepparith Joegym stands in the RIZIN cage with an arm up while Hiroto Uchimura lays on the canvas.
Veteran Tepparith Joegym stopped Hiroto Uchimura on Sunday’s card (RIZIN FF)

Veteran Tepparith Joegym showed his hard striking skills on Sunday, putting away Hiroto Uchimura in the second round with a right hook.

The strong shot from Tepparith floored Uchimura in the second round. Uchimura then remained grounded during the count by the referee, causing the fight to get called.

The bantamweight kickboxers competed in a close battle in the first round before the stoppage.

Uchimura was fighting in RIZIN for the first time. He had taken a loss just two months prior on a Resistance Kickboxing card.

Tepparith lost a fight on RISE Kickboxing earlier this year against Masahiko Suzuki.

Bout 3: Momoka vs. Miku (101 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)

Momoka Out-Lands Miku, Bounces Back From Loss

Momoka throws a left hook at Miku.
Momoka earned her first RIZIN win with a performance over Miku (RIZIN FF)

Momoka picked up her first RIZIN win on Sunday, defeating Miku in a unanimous decision result after three rounds of kickboxing.

Momoka exploded with quick combinations that did damage to Miku, making her significantly bloody by the end.

Momoka lost her RIZIN debut earlier this year, dropping a decision to Panchan Rina in September.

Miku was fighting for the first time in the promotion. Previous fights in her career included appearances in DEEP KICK and NJKF.

Bout 2: Kenji Kato (12-7) vs. Katsuya Fujiwara (0-0) (134 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Kato Stops Pro Newcomer Fujiwara In The Second Round

Kenji Kato gets his arm raied in the RIZIN cage.
Kenji Kato scored a stoppage win over Katsuya Fujiwara (RIZIN FF)

Kenji Kato scored a sudden win against Katsuya Fujiwara, defeating him via stoppage in the second round after a back-and-forth striking battle.

A referee made the call to stop the fight in the second round after Kato landed with a combination of punches. The fight put an end to a close battle that had bloodied Fujiwara and did visible damage to his nose.

Kato had significantly out-landed Fujiwara in the fight, although he was threatened by the explosive power of Fujiwara at times.

Kato did damage just seconds into the fight, dropping Fujiwara with an overhand right to start the first round. Fujiwara immediately answered back when they returned to the feet, visibly rocking Kato with a hook.

The fight was paused in the fourth minute of the first round due to bleeding around the nose of Fujiwara.

Fujiwara, a teammate of headliner Kyohei Hagiwara, was making his pro debut in the bout.

Kato was coming off a stoppage victory he earned over Kaito Sakamaki on a Shooto Japan card in May.

Bout 1: Tsubasa Morii vs. FUJIMON♡ (121 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)

21-Year-Old Kickboxer Morii Earns Fourth Pro Win

Tsubasa Morii throws a right hook at FUJIMON♡.
Tsubasa Morii extended his flawless kickboxing record with a win over FUJIMON♡ (RIZIN FF)

Undefeated kickboxer Tsubasa Morii won in his RIZIN debut, fighting to a unanimous decision victory over FUJIMON♡.

FUJIMON♡ had a good opening minute to the fight, but a high pace of strikes gave Morii the lead shortly after. The fight only continued to go Morii’s way as it progressed, including a dominant final round where he unloaded shots on a tired FUJIMON♡.

Morii, a 21-year-old kickboxer, now has a pro record of four wins and one draw. Prior fights on his record include bouts in smaller kickboxing promotions in Japan.

FUJIMON♡ entered the bout with experience in kickboxing promotion DEEP KICK.

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