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Rizin 19 results: Jiri Prochazka blasts through Fabio Maldonado, Kai Asakura overwhelms Ulka Sasaki

Jiri Prochazka
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Jiri Prochazka made short work of Fabio Maldonado in the main event of Rizin 19 on Saturday in Osaka, Japan.

The light heavyweight champion met the Brazilian at a catchweight of 220 pounds and it was clear that his power translated to the heavier category when he sent the well-traveled brawler reeling early on with a clean right hand. Shortly after initially rocking him, Prochazka put Maldonado down with a three-punch combination before landing unanswered shots on the ground that prompted the referee to stop the action.

Following the win, Prochazka claimed that he is open to fight any fighter in his weight class from Rizin or Bellator.

Kai Asakura completely overwhelmed former UFC fighter Ulka Sasaki in the first minute of their co-main event clash. The rising star buckled Sasaki with a devastating right hand and followed it up with a grounded knee and a soccer kick. Shortly after the frenzied minute of violence, the referee waved off the action, with the broadcast team claiming that Sasaki could not continue due to a broken jaw.

Coming into the contest on the back of his win over Kyoji Horiguchi in their non-title clash, it was confirmed after the contest that the duo will rematch for the belt on Rizin’s New Year’s Eve show.

Road FC and former Deep Jewels champion Seo Hee Ham called for a showdown with super atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki following her second-round finish of Miyuu Yamamoto. The referee waved off the action between the two as Yamamoto latched onto a single leg and ate unanswered blows. After multiple warnings, the referee called a stop to the action.

Rena Kubota took just 20 seconds to return the win column when she ended short-notice replacement Alexandra Alvare Carlos’ night with a crisp series of punches. Alvare was rattled on the end of the first right hand that connected. Rena finished her under-experienced opponent’s night with a quick flurry of punches that dropped the Spaniard before the referee stopped the action.

All four of the Rizin lightweight tournament quarter-finals did not make it beyond the first round.

Johnny Case stopped Roberto Satoshi with a deft short hook as he dived in on a takedown and Patricky “Pitbull” dispatched Kawajiri with a flying knee-to-punches stoppage. Tofiq Musaev blasted Damien Brown out of the running with a series of heavy grounded punches and Hiroto Uesako met his demise when a cut he suffered from a Luiz Gustavo punch forced the doctor to wave off the action.

Case will now face Musaev in the semis, with both Brazilians facing off on the other side of the bracket. The semifinals are set to take place on Dec. 29 at the Saitama Super Arena, with the winner to be decided two days later.

Full results

MMA bouts:

  • Jiri Prochazka def. Fabio Maldonado via TKO (punches) in R1
  • Kai Asakura def. Ulka Sasaki via TKO (referee stoppage) in R1
  • Seo Hee Ham def. Miyuu Yamamoto via TKO (punches) in R2
  • Rena Kubota def. Alexandra Alvare Carlos via KO (punch) in R1
  • Johnny Case def. Roberto Satoshi via KO (punch) in R1
  • Patricky Freire def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via TKO (knee to punches) in R1
  • Luiz Gustavo def. Hiroto Uesako via TKO (doctor stoppage) in R1
  • Tofiq Musaev def. Damien Brown via TKO (punches) in R1
  • Keita Nakamura def. Marcos Yoshio de Souza via (corner stoppage) in R1
  • Shoma Shibisai def. Chang Hee Kim via submission (kimura) in R1

Kickboxing bouts:

  • Taiju Shiratori def. Taiga Kawabe via unanimous decision
  • Takuma Konishi def. Hiroya Kawabe via KO (knee) in R1
  • Seiki Ueyama def. Taisei Umei via unanimous decision

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