Takanoiwa hits Nishikigi with a huge right-handed slap at the tachiai, which Nishikigi tries to punish with a tough arm bar on that side. Takanoiwa ignores the pressure on his elbow and yanks his arm free, ducking under a big right-handed swipe by Nishikigi that grazes the top of his head. Nishikigi over-rotates on the swing-and-a-miss, giving Takanoiwa an open shot at his belt. From there it’s easy work for Takanoiwa to walk him over the edge. Takanoiwa stays one loss behind tournament leader Kisenosato.