Manel Kape won the vacant RIZIN Bantamweight Championship in the main event of RIZIN 20, stopping Kai Asakura early in the second round with punches. Kape became champion at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Kape dropped Asakura with punches early in the second round, continuing with punches on the ground until referee Jason Herzog called a halt to the competition.
The original plan for New Year’s Eve was for Kai Asakura to challenge Kyoji Horiguchi for his Bantamweight belt. Horiguchi pulled from the fight and vacated his belt after being sidelined by a torn ACL.
Right after winning the fight, Kape went over to Horiguchi at ringside and kissed him on the forehead.
In the co-main event of the evening, Tenshin Nasukawa stopped Rui Ebata in under a round in a kickboxing bout.
Full coverage of the event can be found here.