Closing out 2023 for the MMA world, RIZIN 45 went down on New Year’s Eve (local time in Japan) at the Saitama Super Arena.
The promotion’s annual New Year’s Eve super-show was headlined by a flyweight title fight, as Kyoji Horiguchi, a former Bellator MMA and RIZIN bantamweight champ and UFC flyweight title challenger, looked to claim more gold against Makoto Shinryu.
The pair had first met earlier this year, when an accidental eye poke had left Shinryu unable to continue, resulting in a No Contest.
In the night’s co-feature, Juan Archuleta had been set to defend his bantamweight title against Kai Asakura. But after badly missing weight, Archuleta was stripped of the belt, leaving only Asakura eligible to win gold. Under RIZIN rules, should Archuleta win, the bout would be declared a No Contest.
Additional standout match-ups at RIZIN 45 included John Dodson taking on TUF alum Hiromasa Ougikubo, a fight that could set Dodson, the current BKFC flyweight champ, up for a future title shot. And in the women’s super atomweight division, 49-year old former wrestling star Miyuu Yamamoto entered the final fight of her career in a non-title bout with Seika Izawa.
Where to Watch RIZIN 45
RIZIN 45 takes place Sunday, December 31, 2023 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, just outside Tokyo. The event is available to stream globally via Fite.tv. Full results from the card, which gets underway at 12AM ET on the 31st, can be found below.
RIZIN 45 Results
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Makoto Shinryu — for the vacant RIZIN flyweight championship
Juan Archuleta vs. Kai Asakura — for the vacant RIZIN bantamweight championship. Due to Archuleta missing weight and being stripped of the belt, only Asakura eligible to win the title
Kleber Koike vs. Yutaka Saito
Ren Hiramoto vs. Ren Sugiyama
Seika Izawa vs. Miyuu Yamamoto
Tsuyoshi Sudario vs. Mikio Ueda
Hiromasa Ougikubo vs. John Dodson
Yuki Motoya vs. Vince Morales
Shinobu Ota vs. Ryusei Ashizawa
Kota Miura vs. Koji Tanaka
Igor Tanabe vs. Shinso Anzai
Jo Arai vs. Hiroya Kondo
Yuta Kubo vs. Rukiya Anpo
Satoshi Yamasu vs. Suguru Nii
Tatsuki Shinotsuka vs. Daici Tomizawa — kickboxing
Ryujin Nasukawa vs. Jung Min Shin
Yushi Sakura vs. Jo Hiramoto
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