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RIZIN 28 videos, results: Kyoji Horiguchi sleeps ‘Kintaro’ with arm-triangle choke

Kyoji Horiguchi choked out Yuto Hokamura in Japan
Photo via RIZIN

Former RIZIN and Bellator bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi returned to Japan with a bang Sunday, choking out “Kintaro” Yuto Hokamura in the main event of RIZIN 38 at the iconic Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Horiguchi hadn’t fought in his native country since a first-round knockout to beat Kai Asakura and regain the 135-pound championship in 2020, having dropped back-to-back bouts in Bellator in the past two years since. Horiguchi had to overcome a few scares in the fight against “Kintaro” as well, including a left hand that dropped him midway through Round 1.

Horiguchi ultimately got the mount and finished with an arm-triangle choke in the second stanza.

RIZIN 38 also decided who will be in the company’s atomweight grand prix finals, with Seika Izawa and Si Woo Park winning their semifinal bouts versus Anastasiya Svetkivska and Ayaka Hamasaki, respectively. Izawa got the job done with an armbar with seconds left in the second round (watch below), while Svetkivska advanced with a decision.

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather also stopped Mikuru Asakura in the Super Rizin portion of the show (watch here). Check out complete RIZIN 38 results below.

  • Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Yuto Hokamura via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) — Round 2, 2:59
  • Seika Izawa def. Anastasiya Svetkivska via submission (armbar) — Round 2, 4:56
  • Si Woo Park def. Ayaka Hamasaki via unanimous decision
  • Soo Chul Kim def. Hiromasa Ougikubo via unanimous decision
  • Shoma Shibisai def. Callyu Gibrainn by submission (rear-naked choke) — Round 1, 1:48
  • Chihiro Suzuki def. Kyohei Hagiwara by submission (rear-naked choke) — Round 2, 2:14
  • Luiz Gustavo def. Juri Ohara by KO — Round 1, 1:23

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