Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka, Osaka, Japan
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Current rankings @ Welterweight
Kiichi Kunimoto vs Keita Nakamura preview
When is Kunimoto vs Nakamura?
Kiichi Kunimoto will face Keita Nakamura during the main card of RIZIN 41, on Saturday 1st April 2023 at Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka in Osaka.
The fight will be contested over 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which means the weight limit will be 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Kunimoto vs Nakamura stats
Kiichi Kunimoto steps into the octagon with a record of 20 wins, 9 loses and 2 draws, 2 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 10 by submission.
Keita Nakamura will make his way to the cage with a record of 35 wins, 11 loses and 2 draws, with 8 of those wins by knock out and 16 by submission.
The stats suggest Nakamura has an advantage in power over Kunimoto, with a 23% knock out percentage over Kunimoto's 10%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Kunimoto will have a slight advantage over Nakamura, with a 50% submission rate over Nakamura's 46%.
Kiichi Kunimoto is the older man by 3 years, at 41 years old.
Nakamura has a height advantage of 1 inch over Kunimoto. Despite this, both fighters have equal reach.
Kunimoto is the less experienced professional fighter, having had 17 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2006, 2 year and 5 months later than Nakamura, whose first professional fight was in 2003. He has fought 29 less professional rounds, 63 to Nakamura's 92.
Kunimoto vs Nakamura form
Kiichi Kunimoto has beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he lost to Daichi Abe at RIZIN 34 on 20th March 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka, Osaka, Japan.
Previous to that, he had beat Takahiro Kawanaka at RIZIN Trigger 1st on 28th November 2021 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at Kobe World Memorial Hall, Kobe.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Jason Jackson at Bellator 236 on 21st December 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, United States.
Before that, he had lost to Ed Ruth at Bellator 224 on 12th July 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at WinStar World Casino, Thackerville.
He had won against Ryuichiro Sumimura at RIZIN 12 on 12th August 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya, Japan.
Kunimoto's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 7 months and 10 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 11 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2 rounds on average.
Nakamura's last 2 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 10 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year, 8 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 4 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2 rounds on average.
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