RIZIN 13 recap: Tenshin vs Kyoji classic, Miyuu triumphs

RIZIN 13 Tenshin vs Kyoji
Tenshin kicks Kyoji Horiguchi at RIZIN 13. Photo by Akihito Tatematsu (Ryuto)

RIZIN Fighting Federation delivered a stacked card live from the expanded, sold out Saitama Super Arena on 30 September. Paid attendance was announced at over 27,000 even though Typhoon Trami was targeting Tokyo and the trains were shut down at 8:00pm. RIZIN reshuffled the card, forewent the Fuji TV broadcast, and pushed through on a triumphant event.

Simply put, the main event was everything fans had hoped for. Tenshin Nasukawa and Kyoji Horiguchi put on a classic. Through the first two rounds, the momentum swung like a pendulum; the kickboxer threw out his kicks, the MMA fighter threw his overhand rights. In the final round, Tenshin felt desperation seep in and it lit a fire. He threw everything he could at Kyoji, including a spinning heel kick followed up by a big left hook. It was a very strong finish and all three judges gave Tenshin the win.

Miyuu Yamamoto went for her bread and butter, stuck to a game plan of fast takedowns and ground smothering, and so took Andy Nguyen a soul-wrenching three rounds. At the opening of every single round, Yamamoto shot in, put Nguyen on her back, and din’t let her up. After a last moment armbar attempt at the bell, Yamamoto laid back and pointed to the sky saying, “This is for you, brother.” Then she broke down into sobs with her son Erson in her corner.

Roque Martinez was not fazed by the legend of the Cro Cop and handled him with good combinations from the start, taking Mirko Filipović’s well-known high kicks with aplomb. But in the middle of the first round, Cro Cop landed a perfect cutting elbow. The doctor wasn’t able to stop the flow of blood and the fight was called, giving Cro Cop the TKO win.

RIZIN 13 Jake Heun vs Jiri Prochazka
Jake Heun kicks Jiri Prochazka at RIZIN 13. Photo by Akihito Tatematsu (Ryuto)

Jake Heun came at Jiří Procházka quite aggressively. He clinched, threw knees, and even a high kick. Procházka bided his time through the assault, then he walked down Heun and landed a big one. Heun was able to get back to his feet but he was quickly dropped again and a soccer kick barely missed him. Heun made it back to his feet once more, and Procházka unloaded on him until the referee jumped in to prevent any more damage.

Mikuru Asakura brought his A-game against relative unknown Karshyga Dautbek. Dautbek came back hunting with a vicious left. Asakura got him down, mounted, landed punches and a brutal knee to the head, but Dautbek survived the second round and the fight went all the way to the scorecards, on which Asakura earned the unanimous decision.

Daron Cruickshank timed his shots against Diego Brandão in the opening stanza, seeing that the Brazilian was going to box. Indeed, Brandao landed some good combinations. Cruickshank knew the jiujitsu was coming at some point and when it did, he was ready. Brandao faked a level change, then did it, and Cruickshank met his face with a flying knee.

Osunaarashi versus Bob Sapp was an openweight slugfest that turned into a ground game that barely made it into the third round – but it did. And both men could barely stand. Bob Sapp finally won an MMA fight since 2010 from the judges’ decision.

RIZIN 13 Haruo Ochi vs Mitsuhisa Sunabe
Haruo Ochi celebrates victory at RIZIN 13. Photo by Akihito Tatematsu (Ryuto)

Haruo Ochi ragdolled Mitsuhisa Sunabe and proved that DEEP beats Pancrase in their battle of the toughest strawweights in Japan. Sunabe appeared to forget every bit of defense that made him win 26 fights, and Ochi made him pay with a body-head combination that dropped him, and finished off with two crushing soccer kicks to the dome.

Kai Asakura had the perfect plan in the opening rounds for Topnoi: take him down, mount and pound. Late in the second, Topnoi was able to reverse out and landed a great kne as Asakura was trying to get up. Topnoi started coming back in the third and landed some nice combinations, but it couldn’t surmount the damage Asakura had already done.

Ayaka Hamasaki out struck and out grappled Mina Kurobe through their only round together. Hamasaki relentlessly kept ahold of an arm even when turned upside down, and it was to be the lead up to her winnign move: a gruesome kimura finish.

Taiga Kawabe and Kento Haraguchi delivered a surprising match, in that nobody got KOed.

Yusaku Nakamura started his fight with Manel Kape looking very striking savvy, while Kape seemed much more reserved. Kape upped his output in the takedown department as the rounds krept on, owning Nakamura in the third and finally choking him out.

RIZIN 13 Asakura Kai vs Topnoi
Asakura Kai elbows Topnoi at RIZIN 13. Photo by Akihito Tatematsu (Ryuto)

30 September 2018
Saitama Super Arena
Tokyo, Japan

#9 Kickboxing – 58 kg Catchweight Match
Tenshin Nasukawa def Kyoji Horiguchi by Unanimous Decision

#8 Women’s 49kg Catchweight Match
Miyuu Yamamoto def Andy Nguyen by Unanimous Decision

#7 Heavyweight Match
Mirko Filipović def Roque Martinez by TKO, doctor stoppage to cut, R1

#12 Light Heavyweight Match
Jiří Procházka def Jake Heun by TKO, R1

#11 66kg Catchweight Match
Mikuru Asakura def Karshyga Dautbek by Unanimous Decision

#10 Lightweight Match
Daron Cruickshank def Diego Brandão by KO, flying knee R1

#6 Openweight Match
Bob Sapp def Osunaarashi by Unanimous Decision

#5 53kg Catchweight Match
Haruo Ochi def Mitsuhisa Sunabe by TKO, R3

#4 59kg Catchweight Match
Kai Asakura def Topnoi Tiger Muay Thai by Unanimous Decision

#3 Women’s 49kg Catchweight Match
Ayaka Hamasaki def Mina Kurobe by Submission, kimura, R1

#2 Kickboxing 69kg Catchweight Match
Taiga Kawabe vs Kento Haraguchi Majority Draw

#1 Flyweight Match
Manel Kape def Yusaku Nakamura by Submission, rnc, R3


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