Tuesday December 29, 2015– Japanese new promotion Rizin Fighting Federation held their inaugural show at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Tokyo, and you can check out the highlights and results below of day 1 of 2 of the tournament. The semi-finals and final of the tournament will now take place on New Years Eve with Fedor Emelianenko fighting in the main event.
In the main event Shinya Aoki defeated legendary Kazushi Sakuraba, early in the fight, Shinya was able to take down the 46 year-old vet and finished him with ground and pound.
Also on that night Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal was able to secure a spot in the finals when he KO’d Brett McDermott, Teodoras Aukstoulis also secured a spot by taking out Bruno Cappelozza with a right hand. Jiri Prochazka demolishing Satoshi Ishii via knockout just 96 seconds into their fight. UFC fighter Goran Reljic lost against Vadim Nemkov via TKO Strikes in Round 1.
Shinya Aoki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Rizin FF Day 1
Brett Mcdermott vs. King Mo Rizin FF Day 1:
Akiyo Nishiura vs. Hiroya Rizin FF Day 1
Anatoliy Tokov vs. Aj Matthews Rizin FF Day 1
Felipe Efrain vs. Yuki Motoya Rizin FF Day 1
Kirill Sidelnikov vs. Carlos Toyota Rizin FF Day 1
Kizatmon Saiga vs. Hideo Tokoro Rizin FF Day 1
Vadim Nemkov vs. Goran Reljic Rizin FF Day 1
Valentin Moldavsky vs. Yuta Uchida Rizin FF Day 1
Ninata Watanabe vs. Kazuyuki Miyata Rizin FF Day 1
Grand Prix Round 1 Results:
- Jiri Prochazka def. Satoshi Ishii via TKO (Knees, Round 1)
- Vadim Nemkov def. Goran Reljic via TKO (Strikes, Round 1)
- Teodoras Aukstuolis def. Bruno Cappelozza via KO (Strikes, Round 1)
- Muhammed Lawal def. Brett McDermott via KO (Strikes, Round 1)
- Valentin Moldavsky def. Yuta Uchida via Submission (RNC, Round 1)
- Shinya Aoki def. Kazushi Sakuraba via TKO (Strikes, Round 1)
- Hiroyuki Takaya def. DJ Taiki via unanimous decision
- Hideo Tokoro def. Kizaemon Saiga via Submission (Armbar, Round 1)
- Anatoly Tokov def. A.J. Matthews via KO (Punch, Round 1)
- Hinata Watanabe def. Kazuyuki Miyata via TKO (Three knockdown rule in K-1)
- Hiroya Kawabe def. Akiyo Nishiura via KO (Strikes, Round 3)
- Felipe Efrain def. Yuki Motoya via KO (Strikes, Round 1) *
- Kirill Sidelnikov def. Carlos Toyota via TKO (Strikes, Round 1)
- Tsuyoshi Kosaka def. James Thompson via TKO (Strikes, Round 2)
*Fight ruled a no-contest due to Felipe Efrain missed weight.
**All videos credit to Smackhisface
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