RIZIN will host their first numbered event of the year on Sunday night, presenting 17 bouts from the Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan. In the main event of the show, explosive featherweight Kyohei Hagiwara will battle former DEEP Impact Champion Satoshi Yamasu.
Follow along throughout the evening for updates on the event.
Main Card (12:00AM EDT / 1:00PM JST) (RIZIN Live / Live-Now)
Bout 16: Satoshi Yamasu (12-6) vs. Kyohei Hagiwara (6-4) (146 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Yamasu Catches Hagiwara Early With Submission For Second RIZIN Win
Satoshi Yamasu stopped the upward momentum of Kyohei Hagiwara in Sunday’s main event, submitting him in the first round with a triangle choke submission.
Yamasu secured the submission from his back, trapping the head of Hagiwara in a triangle position while holding an arm for an armbar attempt. Stuck in this position, Hagiwara tapped out to end the fight.
Hagiwara attempted to end the fight with strikes earlier in the fight, trying for a double foot stop after getting Yamasu to the ground with a kick to the body.
Yamasu, a former DEEP Impact Featherweight Champion, is now on a two-fight winning streak. He earned his first RIZIN win in his previous appearance, defeating BeyNoah via split decision last year.
Hagiwara picked up two wins in late 2021, defeating Shoji in a doctor stoppage result and beating Hiroaki Suzuki via unanimous decision.
Bout 15: Kouzi vs. Genji Umeno (134 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Kouzi Takes Decision Against Umeno In Rematch
Kouzi scored a majority decision win against Genji Umeno in their kickboxing rematch, scoring a decisive win after an unsatisfying initial meeting last year.
Kouzi fought in a fast-paced three-round battle against Umeno. The fight saw both bantamweights trade blows with slick combinations of shots, with the pace hardly taking any breaks throughout.
Umeno fell to the canvas in the final round shortly after Kouzi landed a left hook. While many thought this would cause a knockdown, the referee ruled this as a slip.
Kouzi and Umeno first met last year as part of a four-man, one-night kickboxing tournament that RIZIN held. That bout ended in a no contest result due to a clash of heads that occurred in the first minute.
Bout 14: Daisuke Nakamura (32-20-1) vs. Sora Yamamoto (13-6-2) (150 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Yamamoto Beats Veteran Nakamura In Split Decision
Sora Yamamoto earned a close split decision win over Daisuke Nakamura on Sunday night, edging out a split decision result after three rounds.
A large portion of the fight took place in stand-up positions. Nakamura advanced on Yamamoto with his hands down often, although it was Yamamoto that had a higher output of punches.
Nakamura’s best moments came on the ground, threatening Yamamoto at times with submission attempts.
Nakamura, an MMA veteran of two decades, won his RIZIN debut last year against Suguru Nii.
Yamamoto also beat Nii in his most recent RIZIN appearance, stopping him in 35 seconds last month. His RIZIN record is now two wins and one loss.
Bout 13: Strasser Kiichi (20-9-2) vs. Daichi Abe (9-5) (170 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Abe Gets Scorecard Nod Over Kiichi
Daichi Abe picked up a win against veteran Strasser Kiichi on Sunday night. The unanimous decision win for Abe came through a grappling-heavy performance through three rounds.
Abe’s win mostly came from his grappling against Kiichi, although he was also able to succeed with striking. Most notably, he dropped Kiichi in the opening minute of the fight with a right hook.
Kiichi won in his return to RIZIN last year, defeating Takahiro Kawanaka via submission. This result snapped a two-fight losing streak that he took previously in Bellator.
Abe had a three-fight winning streak broken in his previous bout, getting stopped by Akira.
Bout 12: Daichi Kitakata (19-10-1) vs. Yutaro Muramoto (8-5-2) (126 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Pancrase Champ Kitakata Earns First RIZIN Win
Strawweight King of Pancrase Daichi Kitakata earned his first RIZIN win on Sunday, securing a unanimous decision victory over Yutaro Muramoto after three rounds of action.
Kitakata had a well-rounded performance against Muramoto, showing his ability in grappling positions and striking exchanges as well. Muramoto was never threatened with a finish, but it was clear in all three rounds that Kitakata was leading the fight.
Kitakata’s previous RIZIN fight was a loss to Tatsuki Saomoto in 2020. He last defended his Pancrase belt in late 2021, stopping Yuta Miyazawa in the third round of a bout.
Muramoto was riding the momentum of a strong RIZIN debut from last year, finishing Seigo Yamamoto in the first round with punches.
Bout 11: Juri Ohara (29-17-3) vs. Akira (17-8-4) (157 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Ohara Keeps Streak Going With Win Over Akira
Damage from Juri Ohara prevailed over the grappling of Akira, defeating him in a close split decision result to keep his run in RIZIN alive.
Akira looked for control on the ground throughout the fight, taking Ohara down numerous times. However, the striking that Ohara connected on the feet earned him the victory. These shots from Ohara wobbled Akira at times, although it never threatened the end of the fight.
Both fighters entered the matchup with extensive winning streaks.
Ohara, the current DEEP Impact Lightweight Champion, won his six previous appearances. This included two fights in RIZIN from 2020 and 2021. He earned a stoppage win in his previous outing, defeating Kohei Tokeshi at RIZIN 32.
Akira won four consecutive bouts before Sunday. This fight was a quick turnaround for him, as he fought just last month, earning a submission win against Daichi Abe.
Bout 10: TAIGA vs. Ryo Takahashi (134 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Takahashi, TAIGA Take Draw In Close Battle
Kickboxers TAIGA and Ryo Takahashi settled with a draw on Sunday night after a hectic three-round kickboxing battle.
Takahashi had a good start to the fight but had to deal with a late surge of attacks from TAIGA.
Takahashi gained a lead early, scoring a knockdown in the first round. This came in part due to a slip from TAIGA, although he also took a hard knee to the head on the way down as well.
Takahashi seemingly had the better start to the fight, but late attacks from TAIGA scored him a late knockdown and allowed him to finish strong. The fight had a tense few moments as TAIGA chased a second knockdown or even a finish against a defensive Takahashi.
TAIGA, a veteran of RIZIN kickboxing, was returning to the promotion after earning a win and a loss in RISE Kickboxing last year.
Takahashi lost in his previous RIZIN appearance, getting stopped by Taiju Shiratori in 2021.
Bout 9: Alan Yamaniha (18-9-4) vs. Motonobu Tezuka (34-13-6) (134 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Yamaniha Returns With Submission Win Against Tezuka
Alan Yamaniha’s grappling skills earned him a dominant victory over Motonobu Tezuka on Sunday, submitting him in the second round with a rear naked choke.
Yamaniha’s submission win came after a solid performance on the ground, controlling Tezuka and attempting submissions for most of the two-round battle. He also succeeded on the feet, connecting with punches during the brief moments that the matchup was in stand-up exchanges. He came close to finishing the bout at one point, landing a knee to the head of Tezuka while in a corner of the ring.
Yamaniha fought in the RIZIN Bantamweight Grand Prix last year, winning in the opening round but getting eliminated in the quarter-finals by Kai Asakura. He fights out of Bonzai Jiu-Jitsu, a gym that has other high-level RIZIN names like Roberto Satoshi Souza and Kleber Koike.
Tezuka was making his first RIZIN appearance. He was given the shot after going on a six-fight winning streak in regional promotions Grachan and Shooto Japan.
Bout 8: Tatsuki Saomoto (17-2) vs. Yuto Uda (5-0-1) (126 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Saomoto Sneaks By Prospect Uda With Split Decision
Veteran Tatsuki Saomoto handed Yuto Uda his first pro loss on Sunday night, beating him in a close split decisionr esult.
The victory came from Saomoto’s ability to remain active despite not always being in dominating positions in the fight. Uda scored takedowns in the first and second rounds, although Saomoto was often more busy with submission attempts and strikes while on his back. Saomoto finished the fight with a good final round, getting some of his own control time on the ground.
Uda entered the weekend with a flawless pro record of five wins and one draw from regional promotion Shooto Japan.
Saomoto is now on a strong four-fight winning streak in RIZIN. The ZST vet earned his previous against Takashi Matsuba on a RIZIN “TRIGGER” card last year.
Bout 7: Ryuya Fukuda (13-7-1) vs. NAVE (14-9-2) (132 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Fukuda Knocks NAVE Out Early With Right Hook
Ryuya Fukuda needed just a minute to pick up a victory in his RIZIN debut, knocking NAVE out early with a right hook.
The fight-ending punch came quite early into the fight, before either fighter was able to land anything else significant.
Fukuda, a former title challenger in Shooto Japan, was coming off a recent victory against RIZIN alum Yuki Ito.
After the fight, Fukuda called for a flyweight tournament to be held in RIZIN.
NAVE was making his RIZIN debut as well. He is a current champ in regional promotion GLADIATOR.
Bout 6: YUYA vs. Yosuke Yamato (154 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
YUYA Returns With Another Win In RIZIN
YUYA picked up a win in his return to RIZIN, notching three knockdowns against Yosuke Yamato in the third round to secure a kickboxing victory.
Hard punches from YUYA dropped Yamato twice in the round. The fight ended after the ref ruled a standing knockdown on Yamato after he continued to get pelted by punches from YUYA.
YUYA has now scored a finish win in all three of his RIZIN appearances. This was his first appearance in the promotion in over two years, with his previous fight being a victory at RIZIN 21 in February 2020.
Yamato was appearing in RIZIN for the first time. He has mostly appeared in kickboxing promotions Hoost Cup and NJKF.
Bout 5: Yuuki Kasahara vs. Motoki (134 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Shoot Boxing Standout Kasahara Scores Knockout In RIZIN Debut
Yuuki Kasahara had a brutal finish win in his RIZIN debut, dropping Motoki twice in the first round for a finish.
Kasahara dropped Motoki in the third minute of the fight with a quick combination of punches. Moments later, another quick combo finished by a flying knee knocked Motoki out, ending the fight.
Kasahara was entering RIZIN with an extensive record in regional promotion Shoot Boxing. He has shown a high level of success in recent years, scoring 10 wins since 2019.
Bout 4: Jin Mandokoro vs. Syuto Sato (117 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Injury Ends Sato, Mandokoro Early
An early injury to Syuto Sato caused his kickboxing bout against Jin Mandokoro to end in a no contest.
Sato slipped early in his fight against Mandokoro and started to limp after he returned to his feet. After a few minutes of talking to a doctor and others outside the ring, the decision was made to end the bout due to this injury.
Because of how early in the fight the bout ended due to an injury, a no contest outcome was decided.
This fight was a rematch from 2020. In their first meeting, Mandokoro attained a unanimous decision win over Sato.
Bout 3: Ryuki (1-2) vs. Ayumu Yamamoto (3-1) (139 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Ryuki Stops Yamamoto Early With Combination
Ryuki scored a brutal first-round finish win to even his pro MMA record, stopping Ayumu Yamamoto with a slick combination of strikes.
Ryuki caught Yamamoto coming in, landing a series of hooks to drop him. He then landed a soccer kick to the head of Yamamoto before the referee stepped in to end the fight.
Ryuki’s pro MMA record is now two wins and two losses. All of his pro fights have been through finish outcomes thus far.
Yamamoto exited this weekend on a two-fight losing streak.
Bout 2: Yuma Yamahata vs. Sho Ogawa (139 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Ogawa Scores Three Knockdowns For First RIZIN Win
Sho Ogawa made quick work of Yuma Yamahata in a kickboxing bout, dropping him three times in the first round to score a finish victory.
Ogawaq showcased a wide variety of strikes in his performance, landing punches to the head along with kicks to the legs. The leg kicks in part contributed to some of the knockdowns, including the third and final on that occurred in the bout.
The fight was Ogawa’s first RIZIN appearance since 2018. His previous fight was a loss to Shoot Boxing talent Kaito.
Yamahato has now put together one draw and two losses through his three appearances for the promotion.
Bout 1: Masaya Jaki vs. Kouta (154 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Jaki Stops Kouta In Back-And-Forth Round
Masaya Jaki scored a win over Kouta in a hectic, back and forth one-round battle, stopping him after scoring two knockdowns.
At first, it seemed that Kouta was going to walk away with a win. He scored a knockdown in the opening minute, throwing a series of straight punches that dropped Jaki for a knockdown. Jaki bounced back only seconds later, dropping Kouta with a right hand. He scored another knockdown shortly after, dropping a still hurt Kouta to end the bout.
Both kickboxers were making their RIZIN debut, coming from experience in promotions like DEEP KICK and RISE Kickboxing.
Opening Bout: Ryo Sato vs. SHUN (132 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
SHUN Scores Second Win Over Sato With Quick Stoppage
SHUN won his trilogy bout against Ryo Sato in the opening bout on the card, stopping him in the opening round with strikes.
SHUN dropped Sato once in the first round with a quick combination of punches. These shots dropped Sato and made him slow to get up, causing the fight to get called once he reached his feet.
SHUN and Sato had previously fought twice in regional kickboxing promotion DEEP Kick, where they both beat each other once via unanimous decision.