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Video: BROADENED HORIZIN Episode 9: Ulka Sasaki, Emi Fujino, Shoma Shibisai, and Sachiko Hotaka

This is BROADENED HORIZIN. The MMA podcast show hosted by Drake Riggs where we chat with your favorite Japanese and RIZIN superstars… in English!

RIZIN 28 and RIZIN 29 have come and gone. One of the bigger winners, literally and figuratively, was one Shoma Shibisai who handed hot heavyweight prospect Tsuyoshi Sudario his first loss in the Tokyo Dome. Securing a third-round rear-naked choke, Shibisai (7-2) extended his current winning streak to three. The 30-year old now hopes to take his talents more internationally.

When it comes to capturing all the best RIZIN moments, photographer Sachiko Hotaka has seen them all. She shared the differences between shooting amateur wrestling and MMA along with telling her story.

The 16-man bantamweight Grand Prix opening round has officially ended. Going in, it was surprising to some to see fan-favorite, Ulka Sasaki left out of the mix.

The former UFC flyweight returned to the ring on New Year’s Eve after a devastating broken jaw that kept him sidelined for the year. In doing so, he picked up the unanimous decision win over advancing GP competitor, Kenta Takizawa. Upon his next return which will come off the heels of a broken hand, Sasaki will be making the move to featherweight.

Closing out the show was none other than the current strawweight queen of Pancrase, Emi Fujino. The 37-fight veteran has fought some of the greatest names the sport has ever seen and is a true pioneer in her own right. Having missed out on competing in 2020—the first year she’s missed since 2005 a year after debuting—she hopes to soon defend her title.

All that and more on BROADENED HORIZIN! Watch the full episode in the video above or you can listen on the Loudmouth MMA Podcast Network wherever you find podcasts.



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