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.
RIZIN 42 RESULTS
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