Tape rankings @ Middleweight
Who won Abe vs Tanabe?
Igor Tanabe beat Daichi Abe by submission in the 1st round during the main card of Super RIZIN 2, on Sunday 30th July 2023 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Abe vs Tanabe stats
Daichi Abe stepped into the octagon with a record of 12 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Igor Tanabe made his way to the cage with an unblemished record of 0 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested Abe had a massive power advantage over Tanabe, boasting at 58% knock out percentage over Tanabe's 0%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested that Abe and Tanabe would have been pretty equal, both with a 0% submission rate.
Daichi Abe was the older man by 8 years, at 31 years old.
Tanabe had a height advantage of 1 inch over Abe.
Abe was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 17 more fights, and made his debut in 2016, 7 year and 4 months later than Tanabe, whose first professional fight was in . He had fought 37 more professional rounds, 37 to Tanabe's 0.
Abe vs Tanabe form
Abe had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Yukinari Tamura at RIZIN 39 on 23rd October 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall A, Fukuoka, Japan.
Previous to that, he had beat Marcos Yoshio de Souza at RIZIN 37 on 31st July 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.
Going into that contest, he had won against Kiichi Kunimoto at RIZIN 34 on 20th March 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka, Osaka.
Before that, he had been beaten by Akira Okada at RIZIN 31 on 24th October 2021 by unanimous decision in the 2nd round at Pia Arena MM (ぴあありーなMM), Yokohama.
He had lost to Ev Ting at ONE Championship – Masters of Destiny on 12th July 2019 by unanimous decision in the 2nd round at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Abe's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 2 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Abe vs Tanabe?
Daichi Abe was a 9/4 (+230) underdog going into the contest, while Igor Tanabe made his way into the ring at 1/3 (-300) with oddsmakers.