Rizin 25: The Crowning of the Inaugural Featherweight Champion

Rizin 25, a mixed martial arts and kickboxing event, took place on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at the Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka, Japan. The event was a spectacle of ten thrilling fights, with the main event featuring a title bout for the promotion’s inaugural featherweight championship.

The main event saw Mikuru Asakura, one of the promotion’s rising homegrown stars, face off against Yutaka Saito. Asakura entered the title bout on an eight-fight win streak, while Saito, the more experienced of the two, had won two straight, including his promotional debut at Rizin 23. The fight was a closely contested battle, but in the end, Yutaka Saito emerged victorious, defeating Mikuru Asakura by unanimous decision to become Rizin’s inaugural featherweight champion.

The co-main event featured a bantamweight clash between Hiromasa Ougikubo and Kenta Takizawa. Ougikubo, a 27-fight veteran, was looking to get back in the winning column after a loss in his last fight. On the other hand, Takizawa was riding a two-fight winning streak and was coming off a split-decision victory in his Rizin debut. The fight ended with Hiromasa Ougikubo defeating Kenta Takizawa by unanimous decision.

In addition to the MMA fights, Rizin 25 also featured four kickboxing bouts. One of the highlights was a catchweight showdown at 60.5 kilograms between Taiga Kawabe and Yuma Yamahata. Kawabe emerged victorious, defeating Yamahata by unanimous decision.

Rizin 25 also featured a rare welterweight match up. Ryuichiro Sumimura made his return to Rizin, taking on “Let’s Gota” Yamashita. Sumimura defeated Yamashita by split decision in a closely contested fight.

The event was not just about the fights, but also about the fighters. Mikuru Asakura, despite his loss in the main event, is a fan-favorite fighter turned extremely popular Youtuber. His opponent, Yutaka Saito, is a seasoned MMA veteran who had compiled an impressive 18-4-2 record before the fight. Hiromasa Ougikubo, despite his recent loss, is a 27-fight veteran with a wealth of experience.

Rizin 25 was a night of thrilling fights and marked a significant milestone in the promotion’s history with the crowning of the inaugural featherweight champion. The event showcased the best of mixed martial arts and kickboxing, and set the stage for more exciting events in the future.

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