Rizin 17 Results: Yusuke Yachi vs. Mikuru Asakura Headlines, Plus 3 Lightweight Tournament Qualifiers

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Mikuru Asakura def. Yusuke Yachi by unanimous decision

Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Ulka Sasaki by submission via north/south choke (R2)

Hiromasa Ogikubo def. Yuki Motoya by split decision

Ivan Shtyrkov def. Hoon Kim by TKO via strikes (R2)

Kickboxing Bout
Taiga def. Hikaru Machida by unanimous decision

Rizin Lightweight Tournament Qualifying Bout
Johnny Case def. Satoru Kitaoka by TKO via corner stoppage (R1)

Rizin Lightweight Tournament Qualifying Bout
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Ali Abdulkhalikov by unanimous decision

Rizin Lightweight Tournament Qualifying Bout
Roberto Satoshi Souza def. Mizuto Hirota by KO via strikes (R1)

Jake Heun def. Vitaly Shemetov by TKO via strikes (R3)

Seo Hee Ham def. Tomo Maesawa by TKO via strikes (R1)

Stephanie Egger def. King Reina by unanimous decision

Kickboxing Bout
Hideki def. Daiki Watabe by split decision


Kickboxing Bout
Daiki Watabe vs. Hideki

Round One: The round begins with Watabe attacking Hideki with some leg kicks, Watabe nails Hideki with a kick to the midsection. Hideki comes forward and he attacks Watabe with a right, Watabe nails Hideki with another kick to the midsection. Hideki rocks Watabe with a right and he pounces on him with a combination before the ref issues a standing eight count, Hideki corners Watabe while landing a plethora of unanswered strikes. Hideki swings away at Watabe as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Hideki

Round Two: The round begins with Watabe attacking Hideki with some body kicks, Hideki nails a swinging Watabe with a plethora of unanswered strikes. Watabe fires back and he attacks Hideki with some leg kicks, Hideki goes for a spinning elbow strike on Watabe. Hideki checks a lot of the leg kicks thrown by Watabe, Hideki nails Watabe with an uppercut followed by a right hook. Watabe nails Hideki with a body kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Watabe (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Watabe attacking Hideki with leg kicks, Hideki checks some of those leg kicks from Watabe. Watabe hits Hideki with a front kick to the midsection, Hideki nails an incoming Watabe with a right. Watabe continuously backs up Hideki while swinging away at him, Hideki cracks Watabe with an uppercut and a short right. Hideki nails a swinging Watabe with a few counter strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Watabe (Final Score: 29-28 for Watabe)

Official Result: Hideki def. Daiki Watabe by split decision

King Reina vs. Stephanie Egger

Round One: The round begins with Egger attacking Reina with some leg kicks, Reina attacks Egger with a few rights. Reina grabs Egger and gets her into the ring ropes before eating a knee strike, Egger scores a takedown on Reina and she gets back control. Reina tries getting up and Egger flattens her out while landing strikes, Egger attacks Reina with some ground and pound. Reina scrambles to her feet and Egger holds her in the corner while landing some strikes, the fighters exchange strikes before separating. Egger attacks Reina with a variety of kicks, Reina briefly drops a kicking Egger with a counter right. Egger nails an incoming Reina with a kick to the midsection, Reina nails a swinging Egger with a counter right. The fighters exchange leg kicks as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Eggers

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters exchanging some leg kicks, Egger nails a swinging Reina with a counter right. The fighters clinch and exchange strikes as they battle into the corner, the fighters separate and Eggers lands a right. Egger scores a takedown on Reina and she gets side control, Egger transitions to back control against Reina. Egger attacks Reina with some ground and pound, Reina gets up and she shakes Egger off of her back. Reina gets Egger against the ropes while landing a few strikes, the fighters separate and Egger nails Reina with a right to the midsection. Reina cracks a swinging Egger with a few counters rights, Reina then nails Egger with an elbow strike to the head. Egger scores another takedown on Reina as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Egger (Overall Score: 20-18 for Egger)

Round Three: The round begins with Egger nailing Reina with a right, Egger goes for a high kick against Reina. Reina backs up Egger with landing a punching combination, Egger and Reina exchange some leg kicks. Egger scores a takedown on Reina and she gets back control, Egger attacks Reina with ground and pound. Egger looks for the rear naked choke and Reina prevents it from happening before scrambling to her feet, Reina charges at Egger while swinging away at her. Reina and Egger have a wild striking exchange in the corner of the ring as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Egger (Final Score: 30-27 for Egger)

Official Result: Stephanie Egger def. King Reina by unanimous decision

Seo Hee Ham vs. Tomo Maesawa

Round One: The round begins with Ham nailing Maesawa with a two punch combination, Maesawa tries firing back against Ham. Maesawa eats a left while attacking Ham with leg kicks, Ham corners Maesawa while landing a few lefts. Maesawa cracks a swinging Ham with a counter strike combination, Ham gets Maesawa into the corner while landing a few strikes. Ham attacks Maesawa with multiple knee strikes to the midsection, Ham drops a swinging Maesawa with a trio of knee strikes and she pounces on her with more unanswered strikes to force the referee to jump in.

Official Result: Seo Hee Ham def. Tomo Maesawa by TKO via strikes (R1)

Jake Heun vs. Vitaly Shemetov

Round One: The round begins with Heun attacking Shemetov with some leg kicks, Shemetov attacks Heun with an overhand right. Heun attacks Shemetov with a variety of kicks, Shemetov cracks a kicking Heun with a counter right. Shemetov also nails Heun with a kick to the midsection, Shemetov goes for a roundhouse kick against Heun. Heun scores a takedown on Shemetov and he gets side control, Heun attacks Shemetov with ground and pound. Heun postures up and Shemetov scrambles to his feet, Heun then nails Shemetov with a kick to the midsection. Shemetov scores a takedown on Heun and Heun sweeps him to get top control, Heun nails Shemetov with ground and pound before getting up. Shemetov gets up and Heun attacks Shemetov with a knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Heun

Round Two: The round begins with Heun attacking Shemetov with jabs and leg kicks, Shemetov takes a few swings at Heun and nothing lands. Heun accidentally nails Shemetov low and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with the fighters exchanging body kicks. Heun backs up Shemetov while landing a knee strike to the midsection, Heun traps Shemetov in the corner while landing a ton of unanswered strikes. Heun accidentally nails Shemetov low again and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with the referee giving Heun a yellow card. The action resumes with Heun taking some swings at Shemetov, Shemetov scores a trip takedown on Heun before almost kicking him in the face. Heun scores a takedown on Shemetov and he gets the full guard, Heun attacks Shemetov with some ground and pound. Heun advances to side control against Shemetov while landing more strikes, Heun gains the full mount against Shemetov. Heun attacks Shemetov with ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Heun (Overall Score: 20-18 for Heun)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters taking some swings at each other, Shemetov stuns Heun with a multiple strike combination. Heun scores a takedown on Shemetov and he gets the half guard, Heun transitions to the full mount against Shemetov. Heun attacks Shemetov with some ground and pound and the referee waves off the fight.

Official Result: Jake Heun def. Vitaly Shemetov by TKO via strikes (R3)

Rizin Lightweight Tournament Qualifying Bout
Roberto Satoshi Souza vs. Mizuto Hirota

Round One: The round begins with Souza attempting a high kick on Hirota before scoring a takedown on him, Souza gains half guard against Hirota. Souza attacks Hirota with some ground and pound, Souza postures up and Hirota is allowed to stand a short time later. Souza swings at Hirota before getting him against the ring ropes, Souza drops Hirota with a pair of rights and he puts him out with the follow up hammer fists. 

Official Result: Roberto Satoshi Souza def. Mizuto Hirota by KO via strikes (R1)

Rizin Lightweight Tournament Qualifying Bout
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Ali Abdulkhalikov

Round One: The round begins with Abdulkhalikov nailing an incoming Kawajiri with a pair of rights, Kawajiri hunts for takedowns against Abdulkhalikov. Abdulkhalikov scores a takedown on Kawajiri and he gets back control before getting up, Abdulkhalikov nails Kawajiri with a spinning back kick to the midsection. Kawajiri grabs Abdulkhalikovand he gets him against the turnbuckle pad, Abdulkhalikov gets free and he separates from Kawajiri. Abdulkhalikov nails an incoming Kawajiri with a high kick, Kawajiri scores a takedown on Abdulkhalikov and he gets the half guard. Kawajiri gains side control while nailing Abdulkhalikov with a few strikes. Abdulkhalikov scrambles to his feet and Kawajiri drags him back to the ground, Kawajiri hits Abdulkhalikov with elbow strikes as the round ends. 

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Abdulkhalikov

Round Two: The round begins with Kawajiri taking a few swings at Abdulkhalikov, Abdulkhalikov grabs Kawajiri and he gets him into the corner. The fighters separate and Abdulkhalikov nails Kawajiri with a spinning elbow strike, Kawajiri scores a takedown on Abdulkhalikov and he gets the half guard. Abdulkhalikov sweeps Kawajiri and he gets top control, Kawajiri gets back up with Abdulkhalikov holding onto him. Kawajiri drags Abdulkhalikov back to the ground while attempting a kimura, Abdulkhalikov sweeps Kawajiri to get top control. Kawajiri rolls for a guillotine choke and Abdulkhalikov escapes to keep top control, Abdulkhalikov lands some ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Kawajiri (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Abdulkhalikov attacking Kawajiri with a plethora of knee strikes, Abdulkhalikov nails Kawajiri with a spinning back fist and front kick to the face. Kawajiri drags Abdulkhalikov to the ground and Abdulkhalikov gets back control after a scramble, Kawajiri gets up and Abdulkhalikov gets him in the corner. Kawajiri uses a kimura attempt to drag Abdulkhalikov back to the ground, Kawajiri advances to the full mount against Abdulkhalikov. Kawajiri attacks Abdulkhalikov with ground and pound, Kawajiri lands a few more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Kawajiri (Final Score: 29-28 for Kawajiri)

Official Result: Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Ali Abdulkhalikov by unanimous decision

Rizin Lightweight Tournament Qualifying Bout
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Johnny Case

Round One: The round begins with Case taking a few swings at Kitaoka, Kitaoka gets Case against the ropes while eating a ton of elbow strikes. Case continues attacking Kitaoka with a plethora of unanswered elbow strikes, Kitaoka grans Case and gets him in the corner. Case scores a takedown on Kitaoka and he gets the half guard, Case attacks Kitaoka with a lot of ground and pound. Case gets full mount and then back control while landing more strikes, Case lands more ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Case

In between rounds, the corner of Satoru Kitaoko throws in the towel because their fighter cannot continue.

Official Result: Johnny Case def. Satoru Kitaoka by TKO via corner stoppage (R1)

Kickboxing Bout
Taiga vs. Hikaru Machida

Round One: The round begins with Taiga attacking Machida with a few high kicks, Machida nails Taiga with a few leg kicks. Taiga nails an incoming Machida with a jump knee strike, Taiga also pops Machida with a few lefts. Taiga stuns Machida by landing a few left uppercuts, Machida hits Taigi with a few kicks to the midsection. The fighters clinch a bunch of times as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Taiga

Round Two: The round begins with Machida kicking Taiga in the midsection, Machida charges at Taiga while swinging away at him. Taiga looks for a jump knee strike against Machida, Taiga nails a swinging Machida with a counter right hook. Taiga also cracks a swinging Machida with a superman punch, Machida looks for his own jump knee strike against Taiga. Taiga stuns Machida with a left as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Taiga (Overall Score: 20-18 for Taiga)

Round Three: The round begins with Taiga nailing Machida with a step in left, Taiga attacks Machida with a jump knee strike. Machida goes for a knee strike of his own against Taiga, Machida grabs Taiga and he attacks him with knee strikes. Taiga drops Machida during a wild striking exchange and he beats the eight count and the bell sounds a few moments later.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Taiga (Final Score: 30-27 for Taiga)

Official Result: Taiga def. Hikaru Machida by unanimous decision

Ivan Shtyrkov vs. Hook Kim

Round One: The round begins with Kim attacking Shtyrkov with a variety of kicks, Shtyrkov grabs Kim and gets him in the corner. The fighters exchange knee strikes while in the clinch, the referee separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Shtyrkov mauling Kim with a multiple punch combination, Shtyrkov then cracks Kim with a two punch combination. Shtyrkov scores a takedown on Kim and he gets the rubber guard, Shtyrkov attacks Kim with some ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Shtyrkov

Round Two: The round begins with Shtyrkov taking some wild swings against Kim, Kim accidentally nails Shtyrkov low and the fight is halted. The fight resumes with Shtyrkov getting KIm in the corner, Shtyrkov cracks Kim with an elbow strike to the head. The referee separates the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with Shtyrkov scoring a takedown and Kim getting right back up. Shtyrkov scores another takedown on Kim and he gets the open guard, Shtyrkov gains the half guard against KIm. Shtyrkov attacks Kim with some ground and pound, Shtyrkov advances to the full mount against Kim before gaining back control. Shtyrkov attacks Kim with more ground and pound until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Ivan Shtyrkov def. Hoon Kim by TKO via strikes (R2)

Yuki Motoya vs. Hiromasa Ogikubo

Round One: The round begins with Ogikubo attacking Motoya with some leg kicks, Ogikubo and Motoya exchange high kicks. Ogikubo scores a takedown on Motoya and he gets the open guard, Ogikubo transitions to the half guard against Motoya. Ogikubo attacks Motoya with some ground and pound, Ogikubo advances to side control against Motoya while landing more strikes. Motoya scrambles to his feet and Ogikubo drags him back to the ground while getting back control, Motoya scrambles to his feet and Ogikubo attacks him with a high kick. Ogikubo scores another takedown on Motoya and he gets the open guard, Ogikubo gains side control against Motoya. Motoya scrambles and he finds a way to get back control on Ogikubo. Motoya lands a few strikes on Ogikubo, Ogikubo scrambles to freedom as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ogikubo

Round Two: The round begins with Ogikubo getting Motoya against the ropes, Ogikubo scores a takedown on Motoya and he gets the half guard. Motoya scrambles to his feet and he has a striking exchange with Ogikubo, Ogikubo nails a swinging Motoya with a counter right hook. Ogikubo scores another takedown on Motoya and he gets the open guard, Motoya scrambles to his feet and Ogikubo drags him back to the ground. Motoya scrambles to his feet while swinging away at Ogikubo, Ogikubo and Motoya have a wild striking exchange. Ogikubo scores another takedown on Motoya and Motoya gets right back up, Motoya goes for a jump knee strike against Ogikubo. Ogikubo backs up Motoya with a two punch combination, Ogikubo nails Motoya with a body kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ogikubo (Overall Score: 20-18 for Ogikubo)

Round Three: The round begins with Motoya attacking Ogikubo with a bunch of leg kicks, Ogikubo scores a takedown and Motoya gets right back up. Ogikubo and Motoya start to just swing wildly at each other, Ogikubo scores a takedown on a swinging Motoya and he gets the open guard. Motoya scrambles to his feet and he rocks Ogikubo with a punching combination afterwards, Motoya nails Ogikubo with leg kicks and a left uppercut. Ogikubo eats a ton of unanswered strikes from Motoya before scoring another takedown on him, Ogikubo transitions to side control on Motoya. Ogikubo gains the half guard on Motoya as the round ends. 

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Motoya (Final Score: 29-28 for Ogikubo)

Official Result: Hiromasa Ogikubo def. Yuki Motoya by split decision

Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Ulka Sasaki

Round One: The round begins with Sasaki attempting a jumping knee strike on Ishiwatari, Sasaki comes forward and he nails Ishiwatari with a few combinations. The fighters clinch and exchange some knee strikes, the referee separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Ishiwatari and Sasaki also exchange some leg kicks. Ishiwatari scores a takedown on Sasaki and he gets the half guard, Sasaki eventually gets Ishiwatari in his full guard. Ishiwatari gets to his feet and Sasaki drags to back to the ground while getting top position, Sasaki lands a few strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ishiwatari

Round Two: The round begins with Ishiwatari taking a few swings at Sasaki, Sasaki scores a takedown on Ishiwatari and he gets right back up. Ishiwatari and Sasaki clinch near the corner and exchange some more strikes, Ishiwatari scores a takedown on Sasaki and he gets him in the seated position. Sasaki scrambles to his feet after eating a knee strike, Ishiwatari starts attacking Sasaki with knee strikes. Sasaki stuns an incoming Ishiwatari with a straight left, Ishiwatari drops Sasaki before landing a ton of knee strikes to the head on the ground. Ishiwatari locks in a north/south choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Ulka Sasaki by submission via north/south choke (R2)

Yusuke Yachi vs. Mikuru Asakura

Round One: The round begins with Yachi attacking Asakura with some leg kicks, Asakura drops Yachi with a head kick and he lets him get back up. Yachi continues attacking Asakura with a variety of kicks, Asakura nails Yachi with a two punch combination. Asakura nails a kicking Yachi with a counter left hook, Asakura starts attacking Yachi with leg kicks of his own. Asakura nails a kicking Yahci with another two punch combination, Asakura rocks Yachi with a right hook. Yachi goes for a jump knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Asakura

Round Two: The round begins with Asakura attacking Yachi with some leg kicks, Yachi attacks Asakura with a knee strike after a failed takedown attempt. Yachi attacks Asakura with some leg kicks of his own, Asakura nails an incoming Yachi with a counter right hook, Yachi grabs Asakura and gets him against the ring ropes. The fighters separate and Asakura attempts a jump knee strike on Yahci and the round ends a short time later.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Asakura (Overall Score: 20-18 for Asakura)

Round Three: The round begins with Asakura attacking Yachi with some leg kicks, Yachi starts hunting for takedowns against Asakura. Yachi starts peppering Asakura with some jabs, Asakura then nails Yachi with a kick to the midsection. Asakura scores a takedown on Yachi and he gets the full guard, Yachi scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing again. The fighters have a striking exchange and Asakura drops Yachi just before the bell sounds.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Asakura (Final Score: 30-27 for Asakura)

Official Result: Mikuru Asakura def. Yusuke Yachi by unanimous decision

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