Rizin Fighter Blasts Opponent’s Head With Kicks From Back Control

Yoshiro Maeda prooved MMA still has plenty of positions to innovate in yesterday with his performance at Rizin 32 against Mitsuhisa Sunabe.

The 40 year old Japanese ace secured a decision victory – but what many will remember from the fight is how Maeda chose to break down his opponent once he got back control. Typically in MMA when a fighter secures back control it it’s to be expected they either want to finish with a Rear naked choke – highest percentage submission in MMA or they want to transition to a good ground and pound position.

However Maeda did something extraordinary. Once he settled into back control he started raining kicks to the head of his opponent. Take a look.


The two were game and exchanged sportsmanlike greeting after the fight.