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.