Vugar Karamov moved a step closer to a shot at the Rizin featherweight title in Osaka on Saturday. He submitted Yoshinori Horie in the second round to secure a third straight win for the Japanese promotion.
Karamov controlled the first round from start to finish, dominating his opponent in every department. He dropped Horie in the closing stages and the UFC veteran would have been grateful to hear the bell.
There was no respite in the second round as Karamov became relentless in pursuit of the takedowns. He shot for a double leg and Horie gave up his back trying to escape.
He quickly sank in a rear naked choke and there was no escape for Horie. The tap came at the 4:21 mark and sees Karamov improve to 18-4 while his opponent drops to 12-4.
Vugar gets the tap, and makes his intentions clear on what he wants next!
— RIZIN FF English (@rizin_English) April 1, 2023
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