Igor Tanabe just moved to 4-0 in his professional MMA career by submitting Koji Shikuwa with a triangle choke in the very first round at RIZIN Landmark 6 on October 1st, 2023. It looked as though Tanabe might be in for a challenge as Shikuwa was a striker with more experience in MMA, but he ran through this fight in a similar fashion to his first 3. This was the second time that Tanabe had stepped into the ring for RIZIN FF and he’s put himself in a fantastic position in the promotion with these fantastic performances, despite still being relatively new to MMA.
Tanabe made his RIZIN debut back at Super RIZIN 2 earlier this year, and that was another first-round submission win against a vastly more experienced opponent. That fight was actually the longest that any opponent had ever lasted against Tanabe, as it took him 4 minutes and 54 seconds to lock up a heel hook and force the tap. The submission win at RIZIN Landmark 6 was a little faster, as Igor Tanabe only took 3 minutes and 40 seconds to finish Shikuwa. He now has two first-round wins by heel hook and two first-round wins by triangle choke, indicating that he’s clearly ready for a very high level of competition moving forward.
RIZIN Landmark 6 Full Results
Alan Yamaniha defeats Hideo Tokoro via Decision – Unanimous
Shoko Sato defeats Shinobu Ota via Decision – Split
Tsuyoshi Sudario defeats Dong Hwan Lim via TKO – Punches
Yuki Ito defeats Topnoi Kiwram via Decision – Split
Genji Umeno defeats Yuto Saito via Decision – Majority
Yusaku Nakamura defeats Hiroya Kondo via Decision – Split
Igor Tanabe defeats Koji Shikuwa via Submission – Triangle Choke
Machi defeats Ayaka Watanabe via Decision – Split
Hidetaka Arato defeats Takakenshin via TKO – Punches
Rogerio Bontorin defeats Yutaro Muramoto via Decision – Unanimous
Viktor Kolesnik defeats Ryo Takagi via Decision – Unanimous
Yusaku Inoue defeats Kohei Tokeshi via TKO – Flying Knee and Punches
Joji Goto defeats Junya Hibino via Submission – Twister
Shogo Ota defeats Ginji Hara via Submission – Armbar
Genki Takeno defeats Ryota Naito via Decision – Unanimous
Ryuki Kirishima defeats Masanari via Decision – Unanimous
The full RIZIN Landmark 6 event replay, including Igor Tanabe submitting Koji Shikuwa in the first round, is available to watch on FITE TV.