Japan’s RIZIN Fighting Federation returned to action on Sunday, October 23, 2022 with RIZIN 39 going down at the Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan.
The event was headlined by a featherweight title fight that saw former KSW star Kleber Koike Erbst challenging champ Juntaro Ushiku for RIZIN’s featherweight championship. For Koike, the opportunity had been a long time coming, and he had won six straight heading into the fight — including five under the RIZIN banner.
Also featured on the RIZIN 39 card, familiar names like Yusuke Yachi and UFC vet Daichi Abe, as well as Zach Zane, a 2019 Contender Series alum who has also competed for the likes of LFA, Eagle FC, Bellator MMA, and on the bare-knuckle boxing side of things, BKFC.
RIZIN 39 takes place on Sunday, September 23, 2022 in Fukuoka, Japan. The card streams live via Fite.tv starting at 1AM ET — full results can be found below.
RIZIN 39 Results
Juntaro Ushiku (c) vs. Kleber Koike Erbst – For the Rizin Featherweight Championship
Tsuyoshi Sudario vs. Janos Csukas
Yusuke Yachi vs. Boyd Allen
Koji Takeda vs. Zach Zane
Sho Patrick Usami def. Shinji Sasaki by TKO (punches), Round 3, 2:33
Daichi Abe def. Yukinari Tamura by unanimous decision
Genji Umeno def. Trent Girdham by TKO (injury), Round 1, 0:21 – Kickboxing rules
Takahiro Ashida def. Hirotaka Nakada unanimous decision
Yoshiki Nakahara def. Akira Haraguchi by TKO (soccer kicks), Round 1, 2:37
Motonobu Tezuka def. Mehman Mamedov by TKO (corner stoppage), Round 1, 4:33
Shogo Kuriaki def. Kakeru by TKO, Round 2, 1:42 – Kickboxing rules
REITO BRAVELY def. Koichiro Seki by knockout, Round 1, 0:34 – Kickboxing rules