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There’s death, taxes, and Kleber
Koike Erbst submitting his opponents due to triangle choke

In the Rizin
39 main event, Erbst quickly dispatched Juntaro
Ushiku (20-7, 2-1 Rizin) to become the new Rizin Fighting
Federation featherweight champion. Former Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
title challenger Erbst (31-5-1, 6-0 Rizin) imposed his
grappling-oriented strategy straight out of the gate, making the
most out of Ushiku’s decision to pull guard. Once on the canvas,
Erbst stayed on top of Ushiku (20-7, 2-1 Rizin) for most of the
opening frame, teasing some submission attempts from time to

In Round 2, Erbst’s strategy paid dividends during a scramble phase
when the Brazilian found himself in the position to attack with a
triangle choke attempt. Ushiku resisted for almost a minute to the
submission attempt, but ultimately the pressure was too much to
handle, forcing the Japanese fighter to tap a split-second before
passing out. Erbst celebrated his victory as the official time
indicated the 1:29 mark of Round 2.

The co-headliner featured a heavyweight clash between sumo wrestler
Kamiyama and Janos
Csukas. The pair put on a hard-fought contest for as long as it
lasted. Initially, Csukas (7-1, 0-1 Rizin) seemed to have the edge
over his opponent, attacking with furious strikes and also landing
a well-executed judo throw. Kamiyama (6-1, 6-1 Rizin) kept his
composure and fought his way back to his feet. The Japanese
competitor attacked with more precise punches as his opponent
showed he was running out of energy. Sensing the momentum was
shifting, Kamiyama pressed on the accelerator out of the gate in
Round 2, catching his foe with a series of punches that dropped
Csukas. Kamiyama followed up with more strikes and concluded with a
knee to the head of the grounded opponent before the referee
mercifully jumped in to stop the action, rewarding Kamiyama with
his sixth stoppage in as many assignments. The official time
indicated 30 seconds into Round 2.

Elsewhere, former lightweight title contender Yusuke
Yachi (24-13, 9-7 Rizin) upended Boyd Allen
(16-5-1, 0-1 Rizin) on all scorecards; former Deep 155-pound
champion Koji Takeda
(15-3, 5-3 Rizin) forced Dana White’s Contender Series and Bellator
MMA alum Zach Zane
(15-14, 0-1 Rizin) to tap due to armbar at 3:35; Sho Usami
(5-1, 1-0 Rizin) stopped Shinji
Sasaki (20-13-3, 0-2 Rizin) with punches in the third frame of
their 165-pound catchweight bout; welterweight Daichi Abe
(12-5, 3-1 Rizin) outclassed Yukinari
Tamura (15-13-9, 0-1 Rizin) en route to a unanimous decision;
Genji Umeno defeated Trent
Girdham after the Australian suffered a nasty knee injury a few
seconds out of the gate in their bantamweight kickboxing battle;
Ashida (24-12-2, 2-2 Rizin) outpointed Hirotaka
Nakada (5-4, 0-2 Rizin) on all scorecards in a 145-pound
affair; featherweight Yoshiki
Nakahara (17-5, 2-0 Rizin) crushed Akira
Haraguchi (7-4, 1 NC; 0-2 Rizin) with punches and soccer kicks
at 2:37 in the opening stanza; Motonobu
Tezuka (30-13-6, 1-1 Rizin) overcame Mehman
Mamedov (5-6, 1 NC; 0-1 Rizin) thanks to a controversial corner
stoppage at 4:33 of Round 1 at bantamweight; 135-pounder Shogo
Kuriaki smashed Kakeru in the second period in a kickboxing clash;
and Reito Bravely knocked out Koichiro Seki in the opening frame in
a 139-pound kickboxing bout.

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