Ren Hiramoto has had mixed results in his MMA career so far. But the K-1 veteran will have another opportunity to impress when he faces Satoshi Yamasu at Rizin Landmark 4 on November 6th.
Hiramoto (1-2) came into MMA with a big reputation having had a successful career as a kickboxer and challenging for the K-1 lightweight title in 2019. He made his debut at Rizin 26 amid great fanfare but was stopped in the second round by Kyohei Hagiwara who took him down and pounded him out.
He made his sophomore appearance at Rizin Landmark 2 and only fared marginally better, dropping a decision to Chihiro Suzuki. For his third MMA fight he was matched with a fellow kickboxer and this time Hiramoto finally managed to win, albeit by the narrowest of margins.
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At Rizin 36 he took on Hiraoki Suzuki, a kickboxing veteran who had made his MMA debut the previous year. Hiramoto prevailed by way of split decision to finally register his first victory as a mixed martial artist.
At Rizin Landmark 4 he has been matched with former Deep featherweight champion Satoshi Yamasu (10-6). The 32 year old has been a full time mixed martial artist for nearly a decade.
He comes into this contest on the back of two wins. At Rizin 28 he beat Noah Bey by split decision to secure his first ever win for the promotion, having previously been stopped in the opening round by Mikuru Asakura.
At Rizin 34 in March he secured a very impressive first round victory, finishing Hagiwara with a triangle armbar. He has been in with current Rizin featherweight champion Juntaro Ushiku and is much more experienced than his opponent.
Rizin Landmark 4, Nagoya, November 6th
Ren Hiramoto vs. Satoshi Yamasu (Featherweight)