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Who won Ushiku vs Saito?
Juntaro Ushiku beat Yutaka Saito by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the co-main event of RIZIN 35, on Sunday 17th April 2022 at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Chofu.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Juntaro Ushiku.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Ushiku vs Saito division, which meant the weight limit was pounds (0 stone or 0 KG).
This contest was for the Rizin ushiku vs saito championship.
Ushiku vs Saito stats
Juntaro Ushiku stepped into the ring with a record of 17 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 5 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Yutaka Saito made his way to the ring with a record of 20 wins, 6 loses and 2 draws, with 5 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Ushiku had a slight advantage in power over Saito, with a 29% knock out percentage over Saito's 25%.
Juntaro Ushiku was the younger man by 7 years, at 27 years old.
Saito had a height advantage of 1 inch over Ushiku.
Ushiku was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 5 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 2 year and 1 month later than Saito, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 8 less professional rounds, 63 to Saito's 71.
Ushiku vs Saito form
Saito had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Mikuru Asakura at RIZIN 33 on 31st December 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Saitama Super Arena(さいたまスーパーアリーナ), Saitama, Japan.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Juntaro Ushiku at RIZIN 31 on 24th October 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round in their Rizin Featherweight championship fight at Pia Arena MM (ぴあありーなMM), Yokohama.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Vugar Kyaramov at RIZIN 28 on 6th June 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo.
Before that, he had beat Mikuru Asakura at RIZIN 25 on 21st November 2020 by unanimous decision in their Rizin Featherweight championship fight at Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka.
He had won against Kazumasa Majima at RIZIN 23 on 10th August 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round at Pia Arena MM, Yokohama.
Saito's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 1 month and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.