RIZIN 26, which this year marked the annual New Year’s Eve show for the Japanese promotion, saw Kyoji Horiguchi return to action for the first time in over a year — and take his revenge on Kai Asakura, the last man to defeat him.
With Asakura winning the former UFC standout’s old title in his absence, it was a two-for-one deal for Horiguchi. He both had his vengeance, and reclaimed the RIZIN bantamweight championship.
Ayaka Hamasaki, meanwhile, submitted Miyuu Yamamoto with a rather crafty leg scissors choke to claim atomweight gold.
Full results and a gallery of highlights from the final event of 2020 can be found below.
RIZIN 26: Asakura vs. Horiguchi 2 Results
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Kai Asakura by TKO, Round 1, 2:48 – for the RIZIN bantamweight title
Tenshin Naskuawa def. Kumandoi Phetjaroenvit by unanimous decision – Kickboxing
Mikuru Asakura def. Satoshi Yamasu by TKO (head kick and punches), Round 1, 4:20
Takanori Gomi def. Kouzi by majority decision – Standing only rules exhibition bout
Ayaka Hamasaki def. Miyuu Yamamoto by submission (leg scissors choke), Round 1, 1:42 – for the RIZIN women’s atomweight title
Naoki Inoue def. Yuki Motoya by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 3:00
Kleber Koike Erbst def. Kyle Aguon by submission (D’arce choke), Round 1, 4:22
Kyohei Hagiwara def. Ren Hiramoto by TKO (punches), Round 2, 2:22
Hideo Tokoro def. Shinobu Ota by submission (armbar), Round 2, 2:45
Yoshinari Nadaka def. Phetmalai Phetjaroenvit by TKO, Round 1, 2:20 – Kickboxing
Ulka Sasaki def. Kenta Takizawa by unanimous decision
Kanna Asakura def. Ai Shimizu by unanimous decision
Shibatar def. Hiroya by submission, Round 2, 2:38 – originally ruled a draw, overturned by officials
Kazuma Kuramoto def. Taiyo Nakahara by TKO (soccer kick) in Round 1, 2:12
Tsuyoshi Sudario def. Ikuhisa Minowa by TKO (kick/leg injury), Round 1, 3:19
Sakura Mori def. Eru Takebayashi by submission (arm-bar), Round 1, 3:20 — fight ruled a No Contest due to Sakura missing weight