Kyohei Hagiwara and Shoji Maruyama put on a wild brawl in the main event of Rizin Trigger 1. The two featherweights went toe to toe and it was the younger man who finished the fight in the second round.
Hagiwara landed a solid low kick at the start of the contest and Maruyama responded with a takedown. He landed in half guard and briefly had his opponent’s back but they eventually worked their way up.
Hagiwara attacked with a flying knee after the break only for Maruyama to score another takedown. He briefly had his opponent’s back but they eventually separated and traded some heavy leather at the end of the round.
It was a sign of what was to come in the second stanza. Hagiwara again attacked with a flying knee and Maruyama responded with a takedown attempt.
They traded some heavy shots and a right hand from Hagiwara landed flush. He followed it up with another and then a glancing left hook which had the referee diving in to save Maruyama.
Hagiwara improves to 5-4 and afterwards he begged to be given a fight on the Rizin 33 card. Maruyama drops to 19-15.
Best of the rest
The co-main event was also a featherweight fight but was much more one sided. Yoshinori Horie (12-3) punished Hirotaka Nakada (4-2) for three rounds to take a lopsided decision win.
Yasaku Kinoshita (4-1) suffered the first defeat of his career. With Ryuichiro Sumimura (19-7) badly hurt the 21 year old elected to grab the fence while stomping on his prone opponent’s head, the result was retrospectively changed to a DQ defeat.
Rizin Trigger 1, Kobe, November 28th
Kyohei Hagiwara vs. Shoji Maruyama via KO (Punches) at 1:20 of Round 2
Yoshinori Horie def. Hirotaka Nakada via Decision (Unanimous)
Kiichi Kunimoto def. Takahiro Kawanaka via Submission (Arm triangle choke) at 4:07 of Round 2
Ryuichiro Sumimura def. Yasaku Kinoshita via DQ (Grabbing the cage) at 2:35 of Round 1
Mamoru Uoi def. Hiroki Yamashita via KO (Punches and kicks) at 4:53 of Round 1
Tatsuki Saomoto def. Takashi Matsuba via Decision (Split)
Chihiro Suzuki def. Sora Yamamoto via Decision (Unanimous)
Grant Bogdanove def. Keisuke Okuda via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:07 of Round 1
Daiki Tsubota def. Makoto Kamaya via TKO (Knee) at 2:49 of Round 2
Kickboxing: Jin Mandokoro def. Yu Hiramatsu by KO at 1:08 of Round 2
Kickboxing: Tepparith JoeGym def. Hiroto Ichimura by KO (Punch) at 2:58 of Round 2
Kickboxing: Momoka Mandokoro def. Miku by Decision (Unanimous)
Kenji Kato def. Katsuya Fujiwara by TKO (Punches) at 1:21 of Round 2
Kickboxing: Tsubasa Morii def. Fujimon via Decision (Unanimous)