Who won Asakura vs Watanabe?
Kai Asakura beat Shooto Watanabe by , during the main card of RIZIN 28, on Sunday 6th June 2021 at Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Kai Asakura.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Asakura vs Watanabe division, which meant the weight limit was pounds (0 stone or 0 KG).
Asakura vs Watanabe stats
Kai Asakura stepped into the ring with a record of 16 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 10 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Shooto Watanabe made his way to the ring with a record of 22 wins, 5 loses and 6 draws, with 2 of those wins by knock out and 13 by submission.
The stats suggested Asakura had a massive power advantage over Watanabe, boasting at 63% knock out percentage over Watanabe's 9%.
Kai Asakura was the younger man by 5 years, at 27 years old.
Asakura was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 14 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 5 months later than Watanabe, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 22 less professional rounds, 30 to Watanabe's 52.
Asakura vs Watanabe form
Kai Asakura had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Kyoji Horiguchi at RIZIN 26 on 31st December 2020 by knockout in the 1st round in their Rizin Bantamweight championship fight at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Previous to that, he had defeated Shoji Maruyama at RIZIN 24 on 27th September 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.
Going into that contest, he had beat Hiromasa Ougikubo at RIZIN 23 on 10th August 2020 by knockout in the 1st round in their Rizin Bantamweight championship fight at Pia Arena MM, Yokohama.
Before that, he had been beaten by Manel Kape at RIZIN 20 on 31st December 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their Rizin Bantamweight championship fight at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.
He had won against Ulka Sasaki at RIZIN 19 on 12th October 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Edion Arena, Osaka.
Asakura's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 8 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.2 rounds on average.
Watanabe's last 2 fights had come over a period of 10 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 3 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.5 rounds on average.