Mikuru Asakura defeats Yusuke Yachi in three round thriller at RIZIN 17

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Yusuke Yachi and Mikuru Asakura put on a three round doozie at RIZIN 17. Photo: RIZIN FF.

A wild end to the RIZIN 17 card at the Saitama Super Arena on Sunday as Yusuke Yachi and Mikuru Asakura put on a screamer of a main event.

Both men came into the bout carrying a long-running feud and promised fireworks. Boy did they deliver, especially in the final second of the three round match.

Asakura’s final shot of the night cemented his dominance and sets up a potential showdown for him RIZIN Lightweight Grand Prix later this year.

“Leading up to this fight there was a lot going on,” Asakura said.

“I talked bad about Crazy Bee leading up to this, but it was all hype. I respect them all, we’re just trying to hype a fight.”

In the co-main event, former bantamweight King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari submitted Ulka Sasaki during the second round, after what appeared to be a knockout just seconds before.

Jake Heun dashed Vitaly Shemetov’s hopes of a win. Photo: RIZIN FF.

Ishiwatari connected the UFC veteran with multiple knees before securing a north-south choke to force the tap.

Ishiwatari will is now likely face Hiromasa Ogikubo in his next bout. Ogikubo and Yuki Motoya put on an entertaining slugfest, but it was Ogikubo who edged out the DEEP veteran to get the win.

On the preliminary card, Johnny Case, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Roberto “Satoshi” de Souza all earned themselves a spot on the RIZIN Lightweight Grand Prix.

Back to the drawing board for King Reina, who lost a decision to Stephanie Egger.

RIZIN 17 results:

Mikuru Asakura def. Yusuke Yachi
Unanimous Decision

Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Ulka Sasaki
Submission (north-south choke) in R2

Hiromasa Ogikubo def. Yuki Motoya
Split Decision

Ivan Shtyrkov def. Hoon Kim
TKO (strikes) in R2

Taiga def. Hikaru Machida
Unanimous Decision

Johnny Case def. Satoru Kitaoka
TKO (corner stoppage) in R1

Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Ali Abdulkhalikov
Unanimous Decision

Roberto de Souza def. Mizuto Hirota
TKO (strikes) in R1

Jake Heun def. Vitaly Shemetov
TKO (referee stoppage) in R3

Ham Seo Hee def. Tomo Maesawa
TKO (knees) in R1

Stephanie Egger def. King Reina
Unanimous Decision

HIDEKI def. Daiki Watabe
Split Decision

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