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Tenshin Nasukawa Makes RIZIN MMA Debut And Cements Superstar Status

Eighteen-year-old Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa made his MMA debut tonight at RIZIN MMA in Japan, proving himself not only to be a force to be reckoned with in muay thai and kickboxing, but in MMA as well. HEading into the fight there were the usual fears that the kickboxing community has when a star kickboxer decides to try their hand at MMA. You'd need to look no further than the bout that preceded Tenshin's, where Andy Souwer was submitted via armbar in the first round to Kazuyuki Miyata. To say that Japanese matchmakers are ruthless in looking for entertainment is an understatement; they thrive on pairing grapplers against strikers in hopes of a highlight reel knockout or submission.

And Tenshin was almost submitted by Nakita Sapun.

All of that happened because Tenshin was unafraid to go to the ground with an actual MMA fighter. Sapun is not much of a grappler, but does have more experience in the MMA ring than Tenshin does, obviously.

Yet, still, Tenshin felt comfortable taking the fight to the ground while everyone expected it to be a stand-up battle. After surviving that sick armbar, most kickboxers would back off, wait for their opponent to get up and fight their own fight. Tenshin didn't do that. Oh no. Instead, he waited and pounced when he saw his opening, winning via TKO.

Then, in something that is very much uniquely Japanese (and why is it?), he grabbed the microphone and appealed for another fight in two nights at RIZIN's next event, claiming that he'd want to fill in for the injured Krazy Horse against Minoru Kimura. Imagine that, a KNOCK OUT and K-1 showdown in MMA rules. My god. The kid who almost had his arm busted wanted more. There wasn't some sap in a suit jamming a mic in his face asking him what he wanted, or to walk him through the finish, he just expressed himself and was aloud to make himself a bigger star. Nobuhiko Takada claimed if the doctors would clear him he could fight.

His debut knockout victory already made him a viral star, but now at one of the biggest Japanese fighting events of the year he proved himself gutsy, talented and fearless with an incredibly bright future ahead of him. We've been searching high-and-low for the next big Japanese kickboxing star to help spark a resurgence of the sport in Japan and it feels like Tenshin could be that fighter. 

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Kunlun Fight 56 Featuring 70kg Tournament and Buakaw

On January 1st Kunlun Fight will conclude their 70kg tournament with the finals in Sanya, Hainan, China. The tournament, featuring Superbon Banchamek, Davit Kiria, Cedric Manhoef and Jomthong Chuwattana should deliver fireworks, as should Buakaw Banchamek making yet another Kunlun appearance against Tian Xian. As always, Kunlun Fight jams their cards full of names and just about every show has an impact on the world rankings.

70kg Artem Pashporin vs. Arhit

60kg Denis Puric vs. Wang Wenfeng

67kg Melsik Baghdasaryan vs. Gu Hui

75kg Perviz Abdullayev vs. Law Chosing

65kg Kim Minsu vs. Wei Ninghui

120kg Andrey Gerasimchuk vs. Felipe Micheletti

70kg Tournament Reserve: Dzianis Zuev vs. Mohamed Mezouari

70kg Andrei Kulebin vs. Wu Xuesong

70kg Tian Xin vs. Buakaw Banchamek

70kg Tournament: Superbon Banchamek vs. Cedric Manhoef

70kg Tournament: Davit Kiria vs. Jomthong Chuwattana

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Lion Fight 34 Featuring Two World Title Fights

Lion Fight is looking to make 2017 special by kicking things off with Lion Fight 34 in Las Vegas. The event is set to take place from the Tropicana right on the Las Vegas strip and will feature two big world title fights. The main event sees Regian Eersel looking to defend his Lion Fight Super Middleweight Championship against Sammy Sana, while the co-main event sees Iman Barlow defending the Lion Fight Women's Super Bantamweight Championship against Meryum uslu.

Regian “The Immortal” Eersel(C) vs. Samy Sana – Lion Fight Super Middleweight Title

Iman “Pretty Killer” Barlow(C) vs. Meryum “Mergen” Uslu – Lion Fight Women’s Super Bantamweight Title

Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani vs. Chris “The Butcher” Harrington – Super Middleweight

Kronphet Phetrachapat vs. Kevin Burmester – Welterweight

Gabriel “El Nino” Mazzetti vs. Nick “Golden Boy” Chasteen – Middleweight

Diego Llamas vs. River Daz – Welterweight

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Krush 71 Results

Krush 71 took place last weekend at the Korakuen hall on Tokyo, Japan. The 18 year old Yoshiki Takei made a successful title defense overcoming a knockdown due to a flying knee in the first, then dominating the rest of the fight until scoring 3 spectacular knockdowns in the last round to win by KO and not leaving it to the judges who may have scored it a draw due to round 1. Great first title defense for the young champion.

Full Results

-53kg : Naoya Otada def  Yusei Sakurai DEC (Unanimous 30-28,30-27,30-270

-67kg : Hayato Suzuki vs Ryo Tabata DEC (Unanimous 28-24,28-24,28-24)

-63kg : Yuki Ishikawa vs MASA DRAW (27-29,28-28,29-28)

-Heavy weight : K-Jee def Hidekazu Kimura DEC (Unanimous 30-28,29-28,30-27)

-60kg GP : Riku Anpo def Tatsuya Inaishi DEC (Majority 30-29,29-29,30-29)

-60kg GP : Masanobu Gosyu def Yoshiki Harada TKO (Three Knock Downs, Punches)

-60kg GP : Masahiro Yamamoto def Go Kato DEC (Unanimous 30-28,30-28,30-28)

-60kg GP : Leona Pettas def Dynamite Yuta Takahashi DEC (30-27,30-26,30-26)

-70kg : Daisuke Fujimura def Yoichi Yamazaki DEC Extra Round (Unanimous 10-9,10-9,10-9)

-65kg : Yukihiro Komiya def Masanobu DEC (Unanimous, 30-29,30-28,29-28)

-58kg : Tatsuya Oiwa def Kento Ito DEC (Unanimous, 30-27,30-27,29-28)

Krush -53kg Championship Match : Yoshiki Takei (Champion) def Ryusei KO 3R (Three Knockdowns. 1st KD combo w/ left high kick, 2nd right front kick, 3rd punches)

 

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