RIZIN 42 Results: Buakaw and Rukiya Anpo Fight to a Draw

May 06, 2023
Rukiya Anpo lands a right hand. Photo: RIZIN FF
RIZIN 42 saw Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek and former K-1 Super Lightweight champion Rukiya Anpo fight to a draw.

Thailand's Buakaw is a Muay Thai and Kickboxing superstar. As a young man, he made his name known worldwide when he was able to capture K-1 World MAX Grand Prix Championship in 2004 and 2006. At last, the 40-year-old athlete returned to Japan and stepped back into the RIZIN kickboxing ring with a record of 240-24-13.

Standing across from Buakaw was the dangerous Rukiya Anpo. Anpo, 27, is a Japanese kickboxer with a Kyokushin karate base, and possesses one of the best highlight reels in the sport. In 2019, Anpo was able to capture the K-1 Super Lightweight belt with a close win over Kaew Fairtex. 


Buakaw draw Rukiya Anpo – Ultimately, the fight between Buakaw and Rukiya Anpo was declared a unanimous draw, as the three ringside judges scored the match 30-30, 30-30, and 29-29.

The first round saw Anpo with a significant speed advantage landing impressive combinations. Buakaw was looking to answer with power. Both men landed heavy leather in the second round, each athlete aiming for a finish. The two fighters looked fatigued in the third round, with Buakaw pursuing still Anpo aggressively. 



Kai Asakura vs. Yuki Motoya – KO at 2:22 of R3

Juan Archuleta def. Naoki Inoue – Unanimous decision

Roberto Satoshi def. Spike Carlyle – Unanimous decision

YA-MAN def. Kota Miura – TKO at 3:40 of R1

John Dodson def. Tatsuki Saomoto – Unanimous decision

Kazumasa Majima def. Takahiro Ashida – Submission at 4:05 of RD1

Ulka Sasaki def. Boyd Allen – Unanimous decision

Viktor Kolesnik def. Atsushi Kishimoto – TKO at 2:48 of R2

Erson Yamamoto def. Yuki Ito – Unanimous decision

Takeji Yokoyama def. Takuya Yamamoto – Submission at 1:24 of RD1

Ramazan Temirov def. Yuta Hamamoto – TKO at 3:52 of RD1

Sota Kimura def. Yasuhiro Kido – Unanimous decision