Shinya Aoki capped off the opening day of action at Rizin FF 1 with a decisive victory over Kazushi Sakuraba.
Aoki stormed after Sakuraba, dominating him before finishing him off at the 5:56 mark of round one.
In opening round heavyweight tournament action, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Teodoras Aukstuolis, Vadim Nemkov and Jiri Prochazka all earned quick finishes to advance.
Fights continue in Japan later today, with a delayed broadcast set to air on Spike TV.
Complete results can be found below:
Shinya Aoki def. Kazushi Sakuraba via TKO (strikes) at 5:56 of Round 1
Jiri Prochazka def. Satoshi Ishii via KO (strike) at 1:36 of Round 1 to advance in heavyweight tournament
Vadim Nemkov def. Goran Reljic via KO (strike) at 2:58 of Round 1 to advance in heavyweight tournament
Teodoras Aukstuolis def. Bruno Cappelozza via KO (strike) at 3:32 of Round 1 to advance in heavyweight tournament
Muhammed Lawal def. Brett McDermott via KO (strike) at 9:10 of Round 1 to advance in heavyweight tournament
Valentin Moldavsky def Yuta Uchida via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:20 of Round 1, 2:20
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Daiki Hata via unanimous decision
Hideo Tokoro def. Kizaemon Saiga via submission (armbar) at 5:15 of Round 1
Anatoly Tokov def. A.J. Matthews via KO (strike) at :55 of Round 1
Felipe Efrain def. Yuki Motoya via TKO (strikes) in Round 1
Kirill Sidelnikov def. Carlos Toyota via TKO (strikes) at 2:32 of Round 1
Tsuyoshi Kohsaka def. James Thompson via TKO (strikes) at 1:58 of Round 2