Rizin 41: Ashizawa vs Kouzi – A Night of Thrilling Fights and Unexpected Outcomes

Rizin 41, a mixed martial arts and kickboxing event, took place on April 1, 2023, at the Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan. The event was filled with thrilling fights and unexpected outcomes, making it a memorable night for fight fans worldwide.

The main event of the evening was a kickboxing match between former K-1 kickboxers Ryusei Ashizawa and Kouzi, also known as Koji Tanaka. The fight was filled with tension and animosity, as the two fighters had a history of trash talk and vitriol. Ashizawa emerged victorious, edging out Kouzi in a split decision.

In the co-main event, Azerbaijan’s Vugar Karamov faced off against former UFC fighter Yoshinori Horie in a high-level featherweight match. Karamov, known for his strong grappling background and ability to tire his opponents, secured a win by submission with a rear-naked choke in the second round.

Another notable fight of the night was between Keita Nakamura and Kiichi Kunimoto. Nakamura, a former Sengoku, Deep, and Shooto champion, is known for his ability to weather even the toughest of storms to get a comeback win. He lived up to his reputation by knocking out Kunimoto in the second round with a combination of punches and a soccer kick.

The event also featured a variety of other MMA and kickboxing bouts. Makoto Takahashi defeated Daichi Kitakata by submission with an arm-triangle choke, while Kyohei Hagiwara emerged victorious over Kyle Aguon by unanimous decision. Kyung Pyo Kim submitted Sho Usami with a rear-naked choke in the first round, and Mehman Mamedov knocked out Yusaku Nakamura with punches in the first round.

Rizin 41 was a testament to the excitement and unpredictability of combat sports. With a mix of knockouts, submissions, and decisions, the event had something for every fight fan. The fighters showcased their skills and determination, providing a night of entertainment and proving once again why Rizin is one of the premier organizations in the world of combat sports.


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