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

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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