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)
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)
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