Sunday’s Super RIZIN 2 held at the Saitama Super Arena crowned three new champions, with Chihiro Suzuki stealing the spotlight by pulling off the greatest upset in the history of the promotion against Bellator champion Patricio Pitbull.
Engaging in a lightweight clash on a surprisingly short notice of less than a week, Suzuki required only half a round to deliver two devastating right punches that knocked out the Bellator featherweight champion.
The recent victory over Pitbull marks Suzuki’s seventh undefeated match in RIZIN, following a reversal of his prior defeat to featherweight champion Kleber Koike to a no-contest after the latter failed to meet the weight requirement. The once formidable Pitbull, with an MMA record of 35-7 since 2004, faces the first back-to-back losses in his career.
The featherweight title that was rendered vacant after Koike’s failure to make weight was contested in the main event on Sunday, with Vugar Karamov securing the title after Japanese sensation Mikuru Asakura succumbed to a rear-naked choke in the first round.
The penultimate match saw seasoned Bellator combatant, Juan Archuleta, emerge as the first American to claim a RIZIN title, besting Hiromasa Ougikubo through a unanimous decision. The third title fight featured Seika Izawa successfully retaining her atomweight title by making Claire Lopez submit to a ninja choke within an impressive 65 seconds.
See the full list of Super RIZIN 2 results below.
Vugar Keramov won against Mikuru Asakura via submission (rear-naked choke) — Round 1, 2:41
Juan Archuleta bested Hiromasa Ougikubo via unanimous decision
Seika Izawa triumphed over Claire Lopez via submission (ninja choke) — Round 1, 1:05
Chihiro Suzuki vanquished Patricio Pitbull via KO — Round 1, 2:32
Tofiq Musayev took down Akira Okada via KO — Round 2, 1:11
Shinobu Ota defeated Kenta Takizawa via TKO — Round 1, 4:54
Igor Tanabe overcame Daichi Abe via submission (inverted heel hook) — Round 1, 4:34
Yuki Ito edged out Hiroya Kondo via split decision.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Super RIZIN 2 Results
Who was the star of the night at Super RIZIN 2?
Chihiro Suzuki was arguably the star of the night at Super RIZIN 2. He scored a major upset over Bellator champion Patricio Pitbull in a lightweight showdown.
What was significant about Chihiro Suzuki’s victory over Patricio Pitbull?
Suzuki’s victory over Pitbull was significant as it was the biggest upset in the history of the promotion. Also, this was Suzuki’s seventh undefeated match in RIZIN, solidifying his standing in the league.
Who became the first American to win a RIZIN title?
Seasoned Bellator veteran, Juan Archuleta, became the first American to win a RIZIN title by defeating Hiromasa Ougikubo via unanimous decision.
Who won the RIZIN featherweight title at Super RIZIN 2?
The RIZIN featherweight title was won by Vugar Karamov. He forced Japanese superstar Mikuru Asakura to submit to a rear-naked choke in the first round.
Who successfully defended her atomweight title at Super RIZIN 2?
Seika Izawa successfully defended her atomweight title at Super RIZIN 2. She made Claire Lopez submit to a ninja choke in just 65 seconds.