Tatsumitsu Wada gets bonus on “Road to ONE 5th: Sexyama Edition” held in Japan; Check the results

 “Road to ONE 5th: Sexyama Edition” was held at Tsutaya O-East in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, on October 5, 2021 (Tuesday). The event was a tribute to UFC veteran Yoshihiro Akiyama, who chaired the comment booth. There was also a 300.000 yen ($2.700 USD) 'Sexyama Bonus' on offer for anyone who would fight the funniest fight on the card.

In the 'main event' (and therefore the 'main event') of the 'schedule' we saw an MMA fight between Tatsumitsu Wada, (a former 'DEEP Impact' champion) and Daichi Takenaka, (former 'Shooto' bantamweight champion ” ).

The fight started in the “swapping” area, with Wada hitting a kick in the leg of Takenaka, who retaliated with a nice left “cross” followed by a kick that hit the inside of his opponent's leg. The athletes who are currently part of the 'Squad' of the 'ONE Championship' continued to invest in the 'swapping', with Takenaka delivering a kick to Wada's body in response to the 'strike' (a left 'hook' and an 'uppercut' ) that had been “connected” from the “clinch”. This first round also featured some moments of “hand to hand” fights.

The fighters continued to invest in punches and kicks at the start of the second round, but they also developed the ground game, with Wada taking his opponent's back. He ended up on the bottom and even landed an elbow while trying to fit a triangle. Takenaka also did a good job of punishing his opponent with a solid ground and pound at the end of the round.

The third and final round started with Wada trying to take down his opponent with a single leg drop (also known as a single leg), but Takenaka defended well. In the sequence, Wada pressed his opponent against the cage's grid and then took him to the ground. After hitting the body in the clinch, he was able to catch Takenaka's back once more, but Takenaka managed to defend himself well and avoided the choke attempt. Afterwards, Takenaka managed to get out of position and land blows from Wada's guard until the end of the fight, but Wada also remained active from below, doing enough to guarantee the victory, albeit by split decision (2-1).

With the result, Wada secured a check for 300.000 yen (US$2.700) in addition to his wrestling bag, which was handed over by Yoshihiro Akiyama himself. After earning the “Sexyama” bonus, Wada improved his MMA record to 23-11-2 while Takenaka dropped to 13-3-1.

The 'co-main event' (or 'co-main event') on the card was a match between Shinya Aoki and Shutaro Debana played under the rules of 'grappling'. The confrontation ended in a tie, since none of the athletes managed to submit until the end of regulation time.

Check out the results of “Road to ONE 5th: Sexyama Edition” which include:

Road to ONE 5th: Sexyama Edition
05 October 2021
Tsutaya O-East
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

MMA: Tatsumitsu Wada defeated Daichi Takenaka via split decision after three rounds
Grappling : Shinya Aoki vs Shutaro Debana ended in a draw after regular time expired
MMA: Kota Onojima defeated Seigo Yamamoto via unanimous decision after three rounds
MMA: Sora Yamamoto defeated Yasuyuki Nojiri via unanimous decision after three rounds
MMA: Takuma Sudo beat Kirato Kaebara via submission (knee) at 1:05 of the second round
MMA: Masuto Kawana defeated Takeki Niizeki via submission (naked choke) at 3:54 of the third round

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 08 / 10 / 2021
Caption : Tatsumitsu Wada won the “Sexyama” bonus for best fight on the card.
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Caption : Tatsumitsu Wada received the award from Yoshihiro Akiyama himself.
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Check out the results of “Rizin Landmark vol.1” held Saturday in Japan

As proof that it is today's most creative mixed martial arts promotion, Rizin FF held on Saturday, October 2, 2021, the new series “Rizin Landmark vol.1”, in an underground location in Tokyo, capital of Japan.
The event was broadcast 'live' by 'U-NEXT', a Japanese streaming site, but a problem in the distribution of 'Pay-Per-View' caused a delay in the start of matches for 1 hour.
The misfortune prompted an apology from Rizin FF CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara.

The 'U-NEXT' staff also publicly apologized and guaranteed that refunds will be given to customers who couldn't see all the fights.
Fans paid 3.800 yen (or 35 US dollars) to see the “Rizin Landmark vol.1” for the 'Pay-Per-View' system, but many were already customers of the 'U-NEXT' platform that distributes content on the anime format, westerns, and even pornography, among other genres.
Although this was one of 'U-NEXT's first experiences with broadcasting sporting events, they intend to maintain their partnership with the new Sakakibara series and guarantee that they will take all possible measures to prevent “similar setbacks” from occurring in the future.

In the 'main event' (and therefore 'main event') of the card we saw popular 'YouTuber' Mikuru Asakura defeat Kyohei Hagiwara by unanimous decision of the judges after three rounds. With the victory Asakura improved to 15-3, while his opponent dropped to 4-4.
After the fight, Asakura challenged his 'former opponents' Kleber Koike Erbst and Yutaka Saito to rematch.

The 'co-main event' (or “co-main event”) brought us MMA rookie Hiroaki Suzuki and 'Ganryujima' veteran Keisuke Okuda. With a cartel of respect in “swapping” fights, Suzuki - who has even fought Muay Thai in the ONE Championship - started the fight hitting his opponent with kicks. Okuda, in turn, tried a takedown on Suzuki, but took a knee to the head and was punished with a solid “ground and pound” by his opponent.
Suzuki got an impressive victory in the first round while Okuda suffered his third defeat in the 'unified professional' rules of mixed martial arts (those imposed by the Nevada Athletic Commission). His previous victories at 'Ganryujima' were in fights performed under the franchise's “custom rules”.

In another bout on the schedule, Mazakazu Imanari (39-20) returned to winning ways with an armbar submission over Takeshi Kasugai (26-9) still in the first round.

Shooto Watanabe (23-6) also got a “similar” result, who submitted Koki Naito (9-6) with a choke still in the initial round.

Check out the results of "Rizin Landmark vol.1" which include:

Rizin Landmark vol.1
02 October 2021
( location not informed )
Tokyo, Japan

Mikuru Asakura defeated Kyohei Hagiwara via unanimous decision after three rounds
Hiroaki Suzuki beat Keisuke Okuda by “TKO” (punches) at 1:42 of the first round
Masakazu Imanari defeated Takeshi Kasugai by submission (armbar) at 2:50 of the first round
Shooto Watanabe beat Koki Naito via submission (choke) at 1:34 of the first round

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 05 / 10 / 2021
Caption : Mikuru Asakura defeated Kyohei Hagiwara after three rounds.
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Caption : Hiroaki Suzuki beat Keisuke Okuda in the first round.
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'Breaking Down' Promises to Discover the “Strongest Man in MMA for a Minute”

 The 2nd edition of the mixed martial arts tournament called “Breaking Down” is scheduled for September 26, 2021 (Sunday). All fights from the event will be broadcast 'live' from 14:30 pm (Japan time) on “ABEMA PPV ONLINE LIVE”.

The purpose of the promotion is to discover the “strongest man for a minute”, as each MMA fight of “Breaking Down” is scheduled for an 'ultra-short' deadline of 1 round of 1 minute (30 seconds extension, if necessary) and a ground fighting time limit of just 10 seconds.

The fights will be played in a 9-meter-diameter octagon, the same size as the UFC - according to organizers - installed at Tri-Force Akasaka in Tokyo.

“Breaking Down” was released by Mikuru Asakura, brother of Kai Asakura, and Teppei Hori, owner of Tri-Force Akasaka, to which the Asakura brothers belong.

Mikuru is a very popular 'YouTuber' with over 2,13 million registered followers. And while the latter is listed by the Japanese specialist media as the 'special adviser and advisor' on the promotion, the renowned Tapology website also cites Mikuru Asakura as the “co-promoter” of “Breaking Down”.

Teppei Hori, on the other hand, is also a representative of the law firm “Martial Arts”, which has the nickname “fighting lawyer”. In addition, he has a record of 11 fights as a professional mixed martial arts fighter in the past.

“Breaking Down” is produced by Radio Book Co., Ltd., which has a partnership* ( * in February 2021 ) with 'Scuderia Ferrari', and is the only company in Japan that produces the tournament comprehensively.

This 'card' is programmed for a total of 25 fights, 5 more than last time. Some tournament fights have been announced recently.

Junshi Urita, who has previously participated in “THE OUTSIDER” and is also known for his friendship with the Asakura brothers, is expected to fight Marudashi Ryota in a 71kg challenge.

Kohei Oka, a friend of Mikuru Asakura from high school and who is now a member of the “Mikuru Asakura Channel” YouTube team, decided to participate against the “mysterious masked man” and also 'YouTuber' Toranoko, who claims to have 20 years of experience in Chinese martial arts. This fight will be disputed in the 84kg category.

New internet sensation “Breakfast Milk” – which claims to be an 'imitation' of Mikuru Asakura and is quickly gaining popularity on 'TikTok' – will battle Maikon. But it's good to remember that the latter has been a boxer for 7 months while “Milk” has no martial arts experience.

In addition, Ikona Nobutoshi and Sho Miyajima, who drew a lot of attention due to the dissolution of “Jackpot”, a popular 'YouTuber' group, in July this year, are expected to fight each other. Both are experienced in kickboxing.

For additional information about this 'card', please refer to the franchise's official website.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 16 / 09 / 2021
Caption : Kohei Oka vs Toranoko.
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Caption : Mikuru Asakura. Special Advisor to “Breaking Down”.
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Check out the results of “Deep Jewels 34” held Saturday in Japan

The women's MMA event “Deep Jewels 34” was held on Saturday (September 04, 2021) at Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan. Shigeru Saeki's promotion has developed many female fighters recently and this was on display in the latter event in which most athletes had had fewer than three fights in their careers. But despite this, these competitors are creating 'fanbases', getting sponsorships and are getting better.
The schedule also featured athletes experienced in the sport.

In the 'main event' (and therefore the 'main event') of the card we saw a fight in the atom weight category between Mizuki Oshiro and Mizuki Furuse. And although the two have the same name, they experience different moments in their careers.
Oshiro came to this competition after losing three times last year while Furuse, in turn, had won a contract with Rizin FF, also last year, after four consecutive victories.

But it was Oshiro, the oldest fighter (25 years old), who prevailed over Furuse (20 years old). The latter seemed eager to end the fight from the start, but Oshiro seemed to be in his comfort zone. She came close to winning with two armbar attempts after being thrown to the ground and worked on the ground and pound in the first round.

The Okinawan fighter's victory would come in the second round, after conquering the mount and punishing her opponent with punches from the superior position, which forced Furuse's corner to throw in the towel. Oshiro won by “TKO” at 4 minutes and 13 seconds into the second period and improved to 3-4, while his opponent dropped to 7-8.

The 'co-main event' (or “co-main event”) marked the recovery of Mikiko Shimizu (3-1) after the first loss suffered in her career. This time, she beat Kate Oyama (1-2), by unanimous decision, after two rounds of the fight in the flyweight division.

In another highlight of the program we saw Aya Murakami (2-0) submit Kyoka Chibisai (0-2) with an armbar at 4 minutes and 16 seconds of the first round.

Check out the results of “Deep Jewels 34” which include:

Deep Jewels 34
04 September 2021
Shinjuku FACE (新宿 FACE)
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

MMA: Mizuki Oshiro defeated Mizuki Furuse by "TKO" ("corner" threw in the towel) at 4:13 of the second round
MMA: Mikiko Shimizu defeated Kate Oyama via unanimous decision after two rounds
MMA: Eru Takebayashi defeated Tomoko Inoue via unanimous decision after two rounds
MMA: Aya Murakami defeated Kyoka Chibisai via submission (armbar) at 4:16 of the first round
MMA: Tae Murayama defeated PochanZ via unanimous decision after two rounds
Kickboxing: Saki Nakamura defeated Miyu Yamamoto via unanimous decision

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 14 / 09 / 2021
Caption : Mizuki Oshiro defeated Mizuki Furuse.
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Caption : Mizuki Oshiro punching Mizuki Furuse from the mount.
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“Road to ONE 5th: Sexyama Edition” will be produced by Yoshihiro Akiyama in Japan

The ONE Championship announced that “Road to ONE 5th: Sexyama Edition” will be held at Shibuya O-East in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan on October 5, 2021 (a Tuesday in Japan).

With the cooperation of Chatri Sityodtong (CEO of ONE Championship), Kazuhiro Sakamoto (Shooto & VTJ 'Promoter'), Shigeyoshi Akiyama (Sustain), Yuji Kitano (ABEMATV) and Ryo Chonan (Trybe Tokyo MMA), it looks like they will be able to. to perform “Road to ONE 5th: Sexyama Edition” this time.

The tournament will be broadcast exclusively 'live' on ABEMATV, as announced by Mr. Yuji Kitano.

Yoshihiro Akiyama himself, fighter known by the nickname “Sexyama”, struggled a lot to get sponsors for this MMA competition.

-“Due to the prolonged health crisis, I learned that beginning fighters have fewer opportunities to fight than I do at 46 years old. However, I have not been able to attract enough sponsors to run the tournament previously. But now, while I was recovering from an injury, I called my friends to raise funds and we decided to do 'Road to ONE 5th: Sexyama Edition' this time.”-announced Akiyama, through his social networks.

Hideyuki Hata, ONE Championship Japan branch representative, is also supporting the holding of the event.

-“I am delighted to be able to hold the fifth 'Road to ONE' this time, after the tournament in February this year. We will be able to provide more fighting opportunities for athletes. We will take preventive measures against infection by the new coronavirus. I am so honored to be here and deeply grateful to everyone involved. I hope that all participating fighters will be able to offer a brilliant tournament for everyone. Look forward to it," he said in a press release.

The event's 'card' will be “announced at a later date”, but there is another question that remains: will Akiyama himself participate only as a producer of the tournament or will he also fight? Will there be enough time for him to recover from his injury?

With a 'record' in MMA consisting of 15 wins, 7 losses and 2 'No Contest', Yoshihiro Akiyama is currently part of the ONE Championship's squad. His most recent fight was a “KO” victory over Sheriff Mohammed in the ONE main event in February 2020. In the future, he would like to promote an ONE tournament: “Japan vs. Korea".

Stay tuned for additional information about this tournament produced by Yoshihiro Akiyama.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 13 / 09 / 2021
Caption: The flyer for the promotion of “Road to ONE 5th: Sexyama Edition”.
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Caption : The 5th edition of “Road to ONE” will be produced by Yoshihiro Akiyama.
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About 4 meals were wasted at the opening of the Tokyo Games

Four thousand of the 10.000 meals that would be offered to volunteers on the day of the opening ceremony were wasted.

Tokyo 2020 organizers admitted that about 4 meals prepared for the day of the opening ceremony were discarded.

Tokyo Games organizers admitted on Wednesday that they had ruled out about 28 of the 4.000 pre-ordered meals that would be offered to volunteers on the day of the opening ceremony.

Masanori Takaya, a spokesman for the organizing committee, confirmed the report and apologized at a press conference.

He explained that due to the heavy workload for the volunteers they did not have a chance to eat the meals, which must be transformed into animal food and used to generate energy from biomass.

Source: Mainichi

Check out the trivia and competition calendar for the 32nd Olympic Games

The 'opening ceremony' of the 6nd Olympic Games of the Modern Era was held this Friday (July 23, 2021). Tokyo 32 has the participation of 2020 countries in all. North Korea will not be represented in this edition. Brazil is represented by 203 athletes. The USA leads, with 302 participants, followed by the host country, with 613, and Australia, with 591 athletes.

With 5 new sports and a total of more than 11.300 athletes competing in the 339 scheduled events, the competitions of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed for one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Interestingly, 'Akira' - a 'manga' first published in 1982 - "predicted" that the Tokyo Olympics would be postponed. Among author Katsuhiro Otomo's “mistakes” are his calculations, since the “Neo-Tokyo 2020” Olympics in 'Akira' is referred to as the thirtieth edition of the games, with Japan actually hosting the thirty-second, as mentioned above.
However, what really matters is that a work written three decades ago managed to agree that the Japanese capital would host the next Olympics.

Meanwhile, on social media, “netizens” say they miss Pikachu, who has already been appointed as ambassador for the city of Osaka by Minister of International Relations Tarō Kōno.

It's also worth remembering that just a month after the end of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Japan had already announced Goku (Dragon Ball), Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto), Astro Boy (character created by the famous Ozuma Tetsuka), Sailor Moon (studio character CLAMP ), Shin Chan ( humorous character ) Luffy ( One Piece ), among other various characters from 'animes' and 'mangas' as cultural ambassadors of the Olympics in Tokyo.
More than that, 'animes' and 'mangas' are already ambassadors of 'pop' culture in Japan. Hence their felt absence.

On the other hand, it is even understandable why these and other characters, among prints and animations, have been left out of the 32nd Olympic Games.

The four-hour Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony took place without the traditional stadium crowd and there will be no on-site spectators at any of the sporting events, as Japan's capital is in a state of emergency until August 22, due to increased contamination by the coronavirus.
The decision was taken on July 8 and announced by the minister of the Olympics, Tamayo Marukawa, after discussions with authorities and organizers.

Check out the general calendar of Olympic competitions below. Events are subject to change.

Opening Ceremony: July 23
Athletics: July 30th to August 8th
Badminton: July 24th to August 2nd
Basketball: July 25th to August 8th
Baseball/Softball: July 21st to August 7th
Boxing: July 24th to August 8th
Canoeing slalom: 25-30 July
Canoeing sprint: August 2-7
BMX Cycling: July 29th to August 1st
Road cycling: July 24th, 25th and 28th
Track Cycling: August 2-8
Climbing: 3-6 August
Fencing: July 24th to August 1st
Football: July 21st to August 7th
Artistic gymnastics: July 24th to August 3rd
Rhythmic gymnastics: August 6-8
Golf: Men's: July 29th to August 1st; female: august 4-7
Weightlifting: July 24th to August 4th
Handball: July 24th to August 8th
Horseback Riding: July 24th to August 7th
Hockey: July 24th to August 6th
Judo: July 24-31
Karate: August 5-7
Greco-Roman wrestling: 1-7 August
Water Marathon: August 4-5
Dive: July 25th to August 7th
Swimming: July 24th to August 1st
Synchronized swimming: August 2-7
Modern Pentathlon: August 5-7
Water polo: July 24th to August 8th
Rowing: July 23-30
Rugby: July 26-31
Skate: street: July 24-25; park: august 4-5
Surfing: July 25th to August 1st
Taekwondo: July 24-27
Tennis: July 24th to August 1st
Table Tennis: July 24th to August 6th
Archery: July 23-31
Sport shooting: July 24th to August 2nd
Acrobatic trampoline: July 30-31
Triathlon: single: 26-27; teams: july 31
Candle: 25th of July to 4th of August
Volleyball: July 24th to August 8th
Beach volleyball: July 24th to August 7th
Closing Ceremony: August 8th

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 23 / 07 / 2021
Caption : Pikachu was missed, already appointed ambassador of the city of Osaka by Minister Tarō Kōno.
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Caption : Placa counts down to the start of the “Neo-Tokyo 2020” games in 'Akira'.
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Japan is giving the world courage and hope with the Tokyo Olympics

Delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics will be held without a public in most competitions because of rising contagion in Japan - which has led to calls for cancellation by Japanese public opinion.

The 'opening ceremony' is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday (July 23, 2021), but the first events have started since yesterday, with the debut of softball in Fukushima. Around 15 world leaders and dignitaries will participate in the Olympic 'opening ceremony'.

Just yesterday, Wednesday (July 21, 2021), the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed his support for the Olympics speaking during the 138th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
He highlighted “the unique nature” of the event and said this is an opportunity to show the world the importance of taking measures to prevent Covid-19, speaking about athletes who test positive in Japan in the next fortnight.

-“I hope the games are successful, as a demonstration of what is possible when you adopt the right plans and correct measures. The hallmark of success will be to ensure that all cases are identified, isolated, tracked and treated as quickly as possible and further transmission is stopped.” - Tedros said, adding that the Tokyo Olympics should not be evaluated by Covid's case count. -19 that arise.

-“In life there is no zero risk. There is only greater risk or lesser risk. The choices we make reduce or increase the risks, but they do not eliminate them.”-he warned the media outlets of the 'sensaciolist' mainstream media.

Then Tedros added:
-"Japan is giving courage to the whole world".-supporting the holding of the event during a local state of emergency.

Earlier, Tedros had released a message on social media in an optimistic tone about the Olympics mentioning the hope that the event will boost vaccination. It is estimated that around 80% of participants will be vaccinated.

Still on vaccination, the WHO leader criticized the leaders of rich countries and launched a challenge on the fairer sharing of vaccines in the world.

-“The pandemic is a test and the world is failing. I believe that there is 'a terrible injustice', since only 10 countries have administered 75% of the world's vaccines.”-said Tedros, calling for equal distribution and efforts in the distribution of immunization agents.

The WHO wants help from the governments of all countries to reach the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world's population by mid 2022. To do so, the UN agency estimates that it will be necessary to produce 11 billion doses in the next year for people all over the planet.

-“I wish the 'rays of hope' from the 'land of the rising sun' to cross the planet and 'illuminate a new, healthier, safer and fairer dawn'. May [the Olympic Games] be a celebration of something much bigger, of what the world sorely needs now: hope. I repeat: the world needs the celebration of hope more than ever. I hope that these Games are the moment that unites the world and that boosts the solidarity and determination necessary to end the pandemic together”, he said, in a 'hopeful' tone.

-“The pandemic will end when the world decides to end it. It's in our hands.”- finished Tedros, holding the Olympic torch.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 22 / 07 / 2021
Caption : WHO emphasizes that the pandemic will end when the world decides to end it.
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Caption : The Tokyo Olympics start on July 23, 2021, after a year of delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Rina Okamoto beats Hitomi Nagai at “KNOCK OUT 2021 vol.3” held on Sunday in Japan

On Sunday, July 18, 2021, the 'KNOCK OUT' promotion held “KNOCK OUT 2021 vol.3” at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. The event was broadcast 'live' via the 'Pay system' -Per-View'.

The card featured the completion of tournaments under the 'KNOCK OUT-BLACK' rules, which allow elbow-free punches and kicks, in the promotion's super-medium and super-lightweight categories, with Shintaro Matsukura and Hijiri Tamura fighting for the 75kg belt , while Chihiro Suzuki and Keijiro Miyakoshi faced each other on the 65kg belt.

The belt was also at stake in the 'KNOCK OUT-RED' set of rules that allow elbow kicks and punches when Suarek Rukkukamui and Yota Shigemori collided for the lightweight title.

Among women, the highlight was the fight between 'Panchan' Rina Okamoto (STRUGGLE), female champion in the atom weight category (46kg) and Hitomi “Sasori” Nagai (Tetsu Gym / PRIMA GOLD), champion 'minerva' in the category light fly weight (48,99kg).
They faced each other in a unique way in a 'super fight' under the rules 'KNOCK OUT-BLACK', that is, without using elbows.
This was a contract fight, with a stipulated time of 3R of 3 minutes (plus an extension round, if necessary) and a combined weight of 48,4kg. This weight is 2,4kg above the original atom weight category (-46,0kg) and is closer to the “Sasori” light flyweight (-48,97kg).

'Panchan' Rina Okamoto was coming off a knockout win in the rematch with MIREY also held at Korakuen Hall on May 22 this year. Rina is undefeated with 10 wins (2 'KO') since her professional debut in February 2019 and “Sasori” is her strongest opponent so far.

Hitomi “Sasori” Nagai conquered the throne of 'minerva' in September 2019. In February 2020, she participated in “Shoot Boxing”. The athlete also competed in events such as the 'Hoost Cup', 'NKB' and 'RISE', before debuting in 'KNOCK OUT'.

At the start of the fight, “Sasori” puts pressure on, but Rina strikes while dodging in steps. After the good rhythm of the 'exchange' of punches and kicks, the first 'clinch' of the fight takes place. Rina connects punches repeatedly and leaves a good impression before the end of the first period.

In the second 'round', Rina connects a series of punches. “Sasori” - with a smile plastered on his face - immediately retaliates and delivers a right left straight to Okamoto's face. From there, follow scenes of 'swapping' and this time, it's “Sasori” who leaves a good impression.

In the third and final round, both fighters fire kicks. But Rina also uses knees. She hits her opponent twice in a row. “Sasori” steps back to hit Rina's body next. In the sequence, Okamoto hits the front right kick and kicks to the knee. The fight ends violently.
The result of the fight goes to the judges' decision and the score is favorable to Rina, who wins by majority decision ( 29-29, 29-28, 29-28 ).

-“I was scared, but everyone supported me and I did my best. I was still weak, but I will practice more. I'm glad I won, even at the last minute. The enemy is gone, but please keep an eye on me in the future. Thank you for your support."-said Rina Okamoto, still emotional, after having won the fierce battle.

Check out the results of “KNOCK OUT 2021 vol.3” which include:

KNOCK OUT 2021 vol.3
18 July 2021
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

Kickboxing: Chihiro Suzuki defeated Keijiro Miyakoshi by knockout (punches) at 0:37 of the first round - superlight tournament final
Kickboxing: Shintaro Matsukura defeated Hijiri Tamura via unanimous decision (29-24, 30-23, 30-23) - super middleweight tournament final
Muay Thai: Yota Shigemori defeated Suarek Rukkukamui via unanimous decision (49-48, 49-48, 49-47) - valid for the lightweight title
Muay Thai: Haruto Yasumoto defeated Kenichi Takeuchi by knockout (kick to the head) at 0:30 of the third round
Kickboxing: Rina Okamoto defeated Hitomi “Sasori” Nagai via majority decision ( 29-29, 29-28, 29-28 )
Muay Thai: Eisaku Ogasawara defeated Hiroshi Yokono by knockout (kicks to the legs) at 1:18 of the second round
Kickboxing: Bazooka Koki beat Yasuhiro Matsuo by KO (after kick) at 1:37 of the third round
Muay Thai: Hiroki Nakamura beat Saksith by KO at 2:08 of the first round

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 19 / 07 / 2021
Caption : Rina Okamoto thrilled after the victory.
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Caption : The fight had as its “characteristic” the intense 'exchange' of punches and kicks.
Photo below : ( Courtesy | Credits : ( C ) KNOCK OUT | ( C ) Gong Martial Arts | Disclosure ).

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Japan's average minimum wage will rise to ¥930 per hour


This is the national average value, but each province decides its value, based on government policy.

On Wednesday the board of the MHLW-Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare set a guideline to increase Japan's average minimum wage from 14 yen an hour to 902 yen. That's 930 yen more.

The amount of the increase was the highest since 2002, when the minimum wage started to be presented with value per hour of work. But it has not yet reached the goal of an average of XNUMX yen an hour.

Last year, due to the epidemic of the new coronavirus, the council could not give a guideline to increase it. Therefore, the amount of the increase was only 1 yen on average.

It is worth remembering that in Japan the minimum wage is defined by the government of each of the 47 provinces, around October. Currently only Tokyo and Kanagawa have a minimum above 1.013 yen/h, at ¥1.012 and ¥XNUMX respectively.

Aichi's is ¥927 and Osaka's is enquanto964, while there are still many provinces with a minimum of 792, which gives a difference of ¥221 with Tokyo.

But with this guideline it is possible for such provinces as Akita, Shimane, Okinawa and others to go up to ¥800 or more.

Sources: Gov., Mainichi and NHK


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