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RIZIN FF 18: Watch Kai Asakura Put Away RIZIN & Bellator Champ Kyoji Horiguchi

Kai Asakura has delivered a big jolt to the MMA world today in Japan, as the surging fighter took out RIZIN and Bellator champ Kyoji Horiguchi.

UFC 241 wasn’t the only major event to go down this weekend, as RIZIN FF 18 took place today in Nagoya, Japan, and it featured a major upset.

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Asakura ends Horiguchi’s awe-inspiring run

The main event for RIZIN FF 18 saw Kai Asakura take on RIZIN and Bellator bantamweight champ, Kyoji Horiguchi. As you can see by watching the clips below, Asakura staggered Horiguchi with some hard shots, and then finished the deal with a booming right.

The fight was a non-title affair, so Horiguchi retains the bantamweight belt. But, there can be no doubt that Asakura will be challenging for the title soon. Horiguchi had won 13 straight prior to today (in MMA competition). His record now stands at 28-3, while Asakura’s improved to 13-1.

Complete results for RIZIN FF 18

Here are the complete results for today’s event (via MMA Junkie).

Kai Asakura def. Kyoji Horiguchi via KO (punches), Round 1
Ayaka Hamasaki def. Suwanan Boonsorn via submission (armbar), Round 1
Victor Henry def. Trent Girdham via submission (inverted triangle choke), Round 3
Manel Kape def. Takeya Mizugaki via KO (punches), Round 2
Danilo Zanolini def. John Wayne Parr via split decision (kickboxing rules)
Kanna Asakura def. Alesha Zappitella via split decision
Haruo Ochi vs. Jarred Brooks ruled a no-contest (cut to Ochi via an accidental head clash), Round 1
Hiroto Uesako def. Yves Landu via TKO (strikes), Round 2
Justin Scoggins def. Kazuma Sone via unanimous decision
Takaki Soya def. Yutaro Muramoto via TKO (punches), Round 2
Ai Shimizu def. Tabatha Watkins via unanimous decision
Kazuki Osaki def. Shota Takiya via unanimous decision (kickboxing rules)
Ryuji Horio def. Uchu Sakurai via unanimous decision (kickboxing rules)

 

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