The contest served as the main event of Sunday’s Rizin FF 12 event, which streamed via online pay-per-view from Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan.
Gustavo found early success with his aggression, punching away and driving forward before pushing inside and bringing his foe to the canvas. Yachi battled his way back to the feet and actually reversed the position, sliding around to his opponent’s back and looking to control. However, Gustavo wouldn’t stay there, working his way free and resuming his striking attack, where he seemed to control the action until the end of the frame.
The pace remained high in the second, with Gustavo certainly the aggressor. The action was impressive from both men, but Yachi suffered an incredibly nasty cut on his right brow, forcing the doctors to take a look. While it seemed a wound capable of ending the fight, Yachi was approved to continue.
It hardly mattered.
On the restart, Gustavo landed a big right hook to the chin, sending Yachi to the canvas. A few more punches followed, but they were academic, at best, with the fight done on the initial blows.
After some initial exchanges, Motoya found himself in control of his opponent’s neck, and Sone was forced to get himself out of the ring to receive a reprieve, much to the chagrin of his opponent. The two continued to exchange through the remainder of the frame, but the early offense from Motoya were clearly the most effective moments.
The grappling was competitive again in the second, though Motoya was clearly focusing on the neck, looking for the choke at every available opportunity. It was risky and didn’t always pay off, but the overall strategy proved wise. Late in the frame, Motoya was able to slip around to the back and lock in the choke. While it was on the chin to start, Sone turned his head the wrong way while looking to escape, falling further into the hold and finding himself with no escape and forced to tap.
Five-time UFC veteran Kiichi Kunimoto (20-7-2) picked up his second consecutive victory with a slick submission of fellow welterweight Ryuichiro Sumimura (14-6), battling the clock to put his opponent to sleep just before the end of the opening round.
Kunimoto made little attempt to hide his intentions at the start, moving in quickly and taking the action to the floor. He looked to set up an arm-triangle early, but Sumimura was able to lock down the body and prevent the finish. Still, Kunimoto kept the dominant position until the end of the frame, advancing first to mount and then swiftly switching again to the arm-triangle, dismounting in the final seconds and squeezing until his opponent went cold just before the bell.
In the night’s first main-card MMA contest, Kaitlin Young (8-9-1) returned from nearly four years away from competition to snag a decision win over a highly touted “King” Reina Miura (9-2).
Young’s striking was certainly her greatest trait, but she was wise in the way she handled her grappling, as well, reversing position every time she was threatened and refusing too engage for too long on the floor. Miura was able to bring the fight to the floor in the third round and slip to her opponent’s back, but she ran out of time before she could capitalize, and Young snapped a five-fight winless streak with a unanimous decision win.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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