RIZIN 20 helped fans in Japan and across the globe ring in the New Year, and the card proved to be an entertaining one.
Among the highlights, Manel Kape was crowned RIZIN FF bantamweight champion thanks to a TKO of rising star Kai Asakura. Kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa remained perfect, with a TKO of his own over Rui Ebata — considered a real threat to the 21-year old wunderkind.
South Korea’s Seo Hee Ham upset Ayaka Hamasaki to claim the RIZIN Super Atomweight championship, and Jiří Procházka defended the light heavyweight title against former UFC fighter C.B. Dollaway.
Highlights from the event, and full results, can be found below!
RIZIN 20: Saitama Results
Bantamweight: Manel Kape def. Kai Asakura by TKO, Round 2, 0:38 – For the vacant Rizin Bantamweight Championship
Catchweight 56kg: Tenshin Nasukawa def. Rui Ebata by TKO, Round 1, 2:46 – Kickboxing
Super Atomweight: Seo Hee Ham def. Ayaka Hamasaki (c) by split decision – For the Rizin Super Atomweight Championship
Featherweight: Mikuru Asakura def. John Teixeira by unanimous decision
Catchweight 50.8kg: Rena Kubota def. Lindsey VanZandt by TKO, Round 3, 1:42
Lightweight: Tofiq Musayev def. Patricky Freire via unanimous decision – Lightweight Grand Prix Final
Light Heavyweight: Jiří Procházka (c) def. C. B. Dollaway by knockout, Round 1, 1:55 – For the Rizin Light Heavyweight Championship
Light Heavyweight: Simon Biyong def. Vitaly Shemetov by TKO, Round 2, 0:57
Bantamweight: Hiromasa Ogikubo def. Shintaro Ishiwatari by split decision
Catchweight 105kg: Jake Heun def. Satoshi Ishii by KO, Round 1, 1:12
Bantamweight: Patrick Mix def. Yuki Motoya by submission (guillotine choke), Round 1, 1:37
Catchweight 62kg: Taiju Shiratori def. Taiga by TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Round 2, 3:00 – Kickboxing
Super Atomweight: Miyuu Yamamoto def . Suwanan Boonsorn by unanimous decision
Lightweight: Patricky Freire def. Luiz Gustavo by TKO (soccer kick), Round 1, 0:28 – Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals
Lightweight: Tofiq Musayev def. Johnny Case by TKO, Round 1, 2:27 – Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals