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

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

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