Roque Martinez Breaks Out the Soccer Kicks to Finish “Shrek” at RIZIN 21

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RIZIN 21's Roque Martinez and Hideki Seine
Roque Martinez (right) and Hideki "Shrek" Seine at RIZIN 21 Credit: RIZIN FF

RIZIN 21 didn’t have the star power of some past RIZIN FF events. No Tenshin. No Kyoji Horiguchi. No Fedor. But it did offer something of a spirited affair, one that moved at a better clip compared to some of the lengthier offerings from the Japanese MMA promotion.

It also offered a soccer kick finish that would no doubt please the old school PRIDE fans among us.

Roque Martinez was the author of said finish. The heavyweight, who has become a RIZIN regular, was facing off with Shrek himself — Japan’s Hideki Seine. Martinez, who exited the evening with a record of 15-5-2, had been expected to have the edge on the feet. And he did, catching ONE Championship alum Seine with a number of blows. A right hand sent the Japanese fighter down.

Then, as Seine tried to secure a leg, the soccer kicks came. First one, then a second, and a third. Seine (7-4) was left laying over the ropes, perhaps trying to put his nose back in place. Martinez came in with a hammer fist to seal the deal, and after briefly halting the action to get Seine back inside the ropes, the ref waved it off.

Roque Martinez (left) and Hideki “Shrek” Seine at RIZIN 21 Credit: RIZIN FF

Watch a clip of the action below. For full results from RIZIN 21, head here.

Official Result: Roque Martinez def. Hideki Seine by TKO (soccer kicks and punches), Round 1, 3:57

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