Rough night for Kazushi Sakuraba and other notes from Rizin night one

Per StrikeScoreMMA count, Shinya Aoki landed 135 strikes in the main event against Kazushi Sakuraba. That is the most strikes Sakuraba has absorbed in a fight since facing Antonio Schembri in 2004.

Aoki landed 22.75 strikes per minute. Sakuraba's skills have been in decline for a long time. However, he has not taken a beating like this one in recent memory. Since 2010, Sakuraba had fought four previous times and not one of his opponents came close to landed at such a high rate.

Strikes from Aoki fight counted by StrikeScoreMMA all others by Fightmetric.com

Strikes from Aoki fight counted by StrikeScoreMMA all others by Fightmetric.com

Tournament upsets
Half of the tournament bouts ended in upsets. Jiri Prochazka was a +100 underdog against Satoshi Ishii yet he won via first-round knockout. Bushido Lithuania representative Teodoras Aukstuolis also picked up a first-round knockout over Bruno Henrique Cappelozza after coming in as a +140 dog.

Aukstuolis was actually the lowest ranked fighter in the tournament field (237th ranked light heavyweight). He will now face Bellator representative and former Strikeforce champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.

Yuki Motoya's momentum stopped... sort of
Unheralded Brazilian fighter Felipe Efrain picked up another big upset over Deep champion and respected flyweight prospect Yuki Motoya. Motoya was a -215 favorite. However, Efrain knocked him out. Despite the clear victory, Rizin had previously ruled that if Efrain won the bout, the result would be automatically changed to a "no contest" after he missed weight.

Fight Matrix will honor the actual result, which gives Efrain quite the signature victory. Motoya was ranked 19th in the most recent rankings release.

The first night was full of finishes
There was only one decision on the first Rizin card out of 12 possible bouts. In 2015, 47 percent of UFC fights went to decision. Of course this is only one event, but many have speculated that either the matchmaking style, ten-minute first rounds or any number of factors could lead to more finishes. Unfortunately with such a small sample size, speculation is just that.

Anatoly Tokov announces his presence with authority
Russian prospect Anatoly Tokov finished Bellator rep A.J. Matthews in only 55 seconds. He earned a 490 StrikeScore in the victory. His record currently stands at 23-1, and he appears sready for a step up in competition.