Mixed martial arts returned to the historic Tokyo Dome for the first time in nearly 20 years at dawn on Sunday (June 13, 2021) with an edition of the Rizin Fighting Federation, Japan's biggest MMA event today. But despite the stadium having the capacity to hold between 55 and 70 thousand spectators, Rizin 28 was only authorized to receive an audience of 10 thousand people and even so with strict security measures, including the use of masks and social distance, among others. All this due to the state of emergency imposed by the country's government.
The 'main event' (or 'main event') on this card was a featherweight fight between Brazilian Kleber Koike Erbst, former KSW champion, and popular Japanese Mikuru Asakura.
Koike had promised to erase Asakura before the fight and fulfilled his promise in the second round, when he landed a series of blows in the clinch and pulled him to guard, fitting the triangle to suffocate Asakura, who was unconscious.
As a result, Koike moved up to 28-5 while Asakura dropped to 14-3.
In the 'co-main event' (or 'co-main event') we saw a special challenge, namely a fight with 'custom rules', in which the undefeated 22-year-old Japanese 'star' Tenshin Nasukawa faced three opponents , one at each round, in the following order: Koki Osaki, Hiroya Kawabe and Hideo Tokoro.
The rules were similar to boxing, but with the addition of the “superman” punch (or “superman punch”, if you prefer) and also the round punch.
Tenshin did a good - and tough - first round with Osaki, and even knocked Hiroya down with a jab in the rib in the second period, going to the last shift with MMA veteran Hideo Tokoro, making him 'sway' several times , but without getting the knockout.
After the fight, the tie was officially announced.
Brazilian Roberto Satoshi and Azerbaijani fighter Tofiq Musayev competed for the promotion's inaugural lightweight belt. Musayev, Rizin's lightweight GP champion in 2019, managed to prevent Satoshi's first takedown attempt, but the São Paulo native - who specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - didn't give up and, despite finishing low on the second attempt, fitted a triangle and forced Musayev to beat, thus becoming the first linear champion in the weight category by the Japanese organization.
The Rizin 28 also featured a portion of the Rizin Grand Prix opening round fights in the bantamweight division. The tournament features 16 men and on this 'card' we saw former champion Kai Asakura beat Shooto Watanabe with 'Ground and Pound' punches, while Naoki Inoue beat Shintaro Ishiwatari after knocking him out with 'a goal kick' .
Two other bantamweight GP contestants, Hiromasa Ougikubo and Yuki Motoya also progressed through the tournament after decision-winning Takeshi Kasugai and Ryo Okada, respectively.
Check out the results of "Rizin 28" which include:
13 June 2021
Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kleber Koike defeated Mikuru Asakura with a choke (triangle) submission at 1:49 of the second round
Tenshin Nasukawa vs Koki Osaki, Hiroya Kawabe and Hideo Tokoro - Draw
Roberto Satoshi beat Tofiq Musayev with a choke submission (triangle) at 1:12 of the first round
Kai Asakura beat Shooto Watanabe by “TKO” at 3:22 of the first round [Rooster GP opening round]
Naoki Inoue defeated Shintaro Ishiwatari by KO at 2:01 of the first round [Rooster GP opening round]
Hiromasa Ougikubo defeated Takeshi Kasugai by unanimous decision [Rooster GP opening round]
Yuki Motoya defeated Ryo Okada by unanimous decision [Rooster GP opening round]
Yutaka Saito defeated Vugar Karamov via split decision
Shoma Shibisai defeated Tsuyoshi Sudario with a choke submission ("rear-naked choke") at 1:39 of the third round
Satoshi Yamasu beat Noah Bey via split decision
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 13 / 06 / 2021
Caption : Kleber Koike won in his first main event against a Rizin “star”.
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Caption : Roberto Satoshi became Rizin's first linear lightweight champion.
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