Japanese mixed martial arts promotion Rizin Fighting Federation kicked off their 2021 calendar with Rizin FF 27 on 21st March at the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya. The main attraction of the event was an atomweight championship bout, but the name of Tsuyoshi Sudario has come up in the headlines from the undercard.
In a heavyweight 120 kg clash against Kazushi Miyamoto, Tsuyoshi Sudario (3-0) registered the third straight win of his mixed martial arts career, but the sumo wrestler hit a milestone in his fight- registering a swift 6-second knockout of the debutant Miyamoto (0-1).
Tsuyoshi Sudario’s 6-second KO of Kazushi Miyamoto is the fastest in Rizin FF history
While the on-screen fight clock was at the eight second mark when the referee called a stop on the fight, Rizin’s official social media reveals that Sudario’s victory is actually two seconds shorter- setting a new record as the fastest KO in the six-year history of the promotion.
Records being broken left and right!
Sudario breaks the record for the fastest KO in RIZIN history, scoring a 6-second KO win against Miyamoto!
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— RIZIN FF English (@rizin_English) March 21, 2021
As soon as the fight commenced, Miyamoto rushed at Sudario but had hit the canvas within the first three seconds. Soon after getting back up, the debutant suffered a monstrous right hand from his opponent that sent him down near the red corner.
Interestingly, Sudario has won all three of his MMA fights in the first round, and via knockouts. A former makushita division champion, Sudario was asked to retire from sumo wrestling by Japan Sumo Association after he was suspended for hitting one attendant in September 2019 and one month later he complied with the governing body’s instruction.
In the next year, Sudario expressed his wish to enter mixed martial arts and join Rizin in an interview in July 2020. After losing near about 50 kgs (110 pounds), he was eligible to debut in the heavyweight 120kg division.
The 23-year-old made his MMA debut against Dylan James at Rizin 24 in September last year, winning the bout via doctor’s stoppage after the first round. He made his second Rizin appearance in December at Rizin 26 against Ikuhisa Minowa, clocking a first-round TKO at the 3:17 minute mark.
The main event of Rizin 27 saw a Women’s Super Atomweight Championship clash between the titleholder Ayaka Hamasaki and Kanna Asakura. Hamasaki won the fight via a split decision, marking her first title defense since winning the belt against Miyuu Yamamoto at Rizin 26.
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