Japan’s RIZIN Fighting Federation hosted its first card of 2020 with RIZIN 21 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka on Saturday night. The Japanese promotion was without some of its biggest stars, including Tenshin Nasukawa and Kyoji Horiguchi, but sitting atop the card was a star in the making: Mikuru Asakura.
Featherweight Asakura entered the night on a seven-fight win streak, including victories over Yusuke Yachi, UFC vet Hatsu Hioki, and Bellator’s John Teixeira. Opposite the Japanese fighter in the main event was Daniel Salas, a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 who was making his promotional debut.
Also on the card, UFC vet Masanori Kanehara had his first fight since 2018, as he faced off against Victory Henry. Henry, a California native with experience all over the globe, had won six straight, and was making his second trip to the RIZIN ring.
Check below come fight time, 12AM ET, for full results from the RIZIN 21 card!
RIZIN 21 Results:
Mikuru Asakura def. Daniel Salas by TKO (head kick and punches), Round 2, 2:34
Victor Henry def. Masanori Kanehara by TKO, Round 2, 0:45
Roque Martinez def. Hideki “Shrek” Sekine by TKO (soccer kicks and punches), Round 1, 3:57
Marcos Yoshio Souza def. Falco Neto by TKO, Round 1, 1:27
Kintaro def. Kenji Kato by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 4:21
Jiu-Jitsu Gauntlet Exhibition Match
Roberto Satoshi def.
Yuki Nakai by submission (Triangle Choke) in 3:35
Hiroshi Shinagawa by submission (Triangle Choke) in 1:27
Edison Kagohara by submission (Choke) in 1:23
Koji Shigemizu by submission (Armbar) in 0:51
Yuna Kimura by submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in 0:46
Naoki Inoue def. Trent Girdham by unanimous decision
Vugar Karamov def. Kyle Aguon by unanimous decision
Kousuke Jitsukata def. Ryo Sakai by knockout (punches), Round 1, 1:28 – Kickboxing bout
Kenichi Takeuchi def. NAOYA by unanimous decision – Kickboxing bout
Henrry Cejas def. SEIDO by unanimous decision – Kickboxing bout
YUYA def. KOUKI by knockout (punch), Round 1, 2:30 – Kickboxing bout
Masaji Tozuka vs. Masahiro Ozawa ended in a majority draw – Kickboxing bout