The RIZIN Fighting Federation returned to action on Wednesday with a rare and thrilling weekly show, RIZIN TRIGER 2. When Kleber Koike envisioned submitting Ulka Sasaki to the main event of RIZIN Trigger 2 on Wednesday, and he finally did it, but it was not an easy task.
The event took place on February 23, 2022 at the Ecopa Arena in Shizuoka, Japan. The main competition of the event featured former KSW champion Kleber Koike Erbst, looking for his fourth win under the RIZIN banner. After avoiding a knockdown in the first round, Sasaki was tapped from behind with a bare square in the second stenza.
Undefeated since signing the promotion, Koike is now hoping to win the 145-pound gold against Jantaro Ushiko and include teammate Roberto Satoshi as the RIZIN champion.
In the co-op event, once Shoto title contender Kazuma Koramoto scored a violent knockout on Kenji Kato, the overdive in the sphere came to a halt at the bottom of the knee to the mouth.
The fastest finish of the evening ended in a featherweight showdown between Sora Yamamoto and Suguro Nii, with Yamamoto stopping his opponent in less than 40 seconds. Yamamoto knocked Nii down with a privileged hand while waking him up and hugging him with his fists and knees until the referee told him to.
Check out the full results of RIZIN Trigger 2 in Yale.
Kleber Koike def. Ulka Sasaki via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 3:22
Kazuma Kuramoto def. Kenji Nato via TKO - Round 1, 4:16
Akira Okada def. Takumi Suzuki via unanimous decision
Sora Yamamoto def. Suguru Nii via TKO - Round 1, 0:35
Kohei Tokeshi def. Harry Stallone via KO - Round 2, 3:31
Hikaru Yoshino def. Daisuke Endo via unanimous decision
Kouki Nakagawa def. Katsushi Kojima via unanimous decision
Takuma Uchiyama def. Kotetsu Hara via split decision