Kota Ibushi vs. Daichi Hashimoto from 2013


This was interesting if a bit of a mess. Daichi Hashimoto has never really stood out to me one way or the other. I would not go so far to say that he’s boring or bad, but he is distinctly average and seems to only get attention because of his father. Kota changes up his game a little bit here and seems to rely on strikes more than spots. I like the look of Kota’s strikes and whatnot. He just struggles to properly incorporate them into the match in terms of timing and telling a story. Anyway, this match had its fair share of fun moments. It just did come together into something truly compelling. Kota won after a series of kicks to the head. (**1/2)


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