100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (10 Total):
1. Ai Shimizu - 92.0
2. Mikuru Asakura - 91.3
3. Satoru Kitaoka - 90.3
4. Kai Asakura - 89.7
5. Tatsuya Kawajiri - 89.3
6. Kana Watanabe - 88.7
7. Jae Hoon Moon - 87.3
8. Takeshi Inoue - 86.8
9. Shizuka Sugiyama - 86.4
10. Nanaka Kawamura - 86.3
Rizin FF Heisei's Last Yarennoka!
Location: Saitama, Japan
Elevation: 52'
-Fight of the Night-
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Fighters & Matches 87.6
Top 10 Fighters 88.8
TOTAL 88.2
     Shimizu clinched and pressed Kawamura into the ropes, and then took her down 90 seconds into the opening round. She tried to secure a mounted guillotine choke, but couldn't get much leverage with it, so gave that up. She then postured up, unloaded with some big punches, and the referee eventually stopped the fight. That was a solid one-sided performance by Ai Shimizu.
      This fight was a back & forth striking match, with Asakura working in some wrestling to keep things mixed up. He wrestled the shit out of Moon in the last half of the final round, and then they finished the round with a wild explosion of punches going both ways, leading to a pretty clear cut unanimous decision victory for Kai Asakura.
      Oh, that's fucked up... Sugiyama came out swinging, Watanabe punched her in the face, Sugiyama hit the ground, and the referee stopped the fight immediately. She was fine... That was a bad stoppage. Congrats to Watanabe for the 11 second knockout, but that was a bad stoppage.
(Flying Knee)
      The first round had both guys trading punches & kicks at a moderate pace, without either fighter really taking a clear advantage. Asakura finished strong, so I'd probably give that first round to him? Maybe? The second round started with similar striking exchanges, with Asakura controlling the center, while Inoue circled around the outside. Halfway through the second round, Asakura launched a flying knee, and put Inoue to sleep. That was a badass finish by Mikuru Asakura.
      Kitaoka was moving forward at the start of the fight, and then Kawajiri clinched and pushed him against the ropes for a little while, but the referee quickly reset them. Kitaoka then grabbed Kawajiri and unloaded with a series of knees, before trying to setup a possible front choke of some sort. Kitaoka continued to work his knees on the ground, and round one clearly goes to Kitaoka. Kitaoka scored a takedown in the second round, so he probably has a 20-18 lead going into the final round (not that it matters with the Japanese scoring system).
     Kawajiri came out swinging in the third round, and scored a takedown, but couldn't hold Kitaoka down for long. Kawajiri continued to dig for takedowns, and Kitaoka continued to try to create some distance to work his striking. Kawajiri was moving forward for the duration of the round, so I gave that round to Kawajiri. It was a close fight, but I'd probably score it 29-28 for Kitaoka. Two judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.