Japan’s RIZIN FF kicked off 2019 with RIZIN 15, which crowned Jiří Procházka as light heavyweight champ, and saw Kyoji Horiguchi continue to excel outside the UFC.
RIZIN 15 went down over the weekend (Sunday, to be exact) in Yokohama, Japan. The first show of the year for the Japanese MMA promotion, the card saw the crowing of RIZIN’s inaugural light heavyweight champion, the continued dominance of Kyoji Horiguchi, and a return to form from wunderkind Tenshin Nasukawa.
Full results can be found below, as well as a gallery of highlights courtesy of RIZIN Fighting Federation. For more, check out our full coverage page.
RIZIN 15 Results:
Jiří Procházka def. Muhammad Lawal by knockout (punches), round 3, 3:02 – for the inaugural RIZIN FF light heavyweight championship
Tenshin Nasukawa def. Fritz Aldin Blagtan by technical knockout (knee), round 3, 1:23 – kickboxing bout
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Ben Nguyen by technical knockout (punches), round 1, 2:55
Roberto de Souza def. Satoru Kitaoka by technical knockout (punches), round 2, 3:55
Karl Albrektsson def. Christiano Frohlich by unanimous decision
Rena Kubota def. Samantha Jean-Francois by unanimous decision
Mikuru Asakura def. Luiz Gustavo by unanimous decision
Kana Watanabe def. Justyna Zofia Haba by unanimous decision
Damien Brown def. Toji Takeda by unanimous decision
Manel Kape def. Seiichiro Ito by knockout (punches), round 2, 3:58
Kanako Murata def. Saray Orozco by technical submission (Von Flue choke) round 2, 2:12
Thallisson Ferreira def. Taiga Kawabe by technical knockout (three knockdowns), round 2, 2:33 – kickboxing bout