At a press conference for RIZIN.13 in Saitama Super Arena (Sep 30th) held in Tokyo last night, Sakakibara shocked audiences by announcing that they were postponing plans for a previously announced kickboxing GP. Instead, the expected main draw of the proposed GP–a kickboxing bout between RIZIN 2017 Bantamweight GP champion Horiguchi (American Top Team) and striking phenom Tenshin Nasukawa (TARGET/Cygames)–has been announced for RIZIN.13 as a standalone fight. 9月30日(日)さいたまスーパーアリーナで開催する「#RIZIN13」のメインが決まりました。今週末8月26日(日)10時から全国のプレイガイド、コンビニエンスストアで一斉発売となります。良いお席はお早目に。#rizinff pic.twitter.com/OXoYmBUxzO — NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA (@nobu_sakakibara) August 24, 2018 “We had originally, though unofficially, announced an eight man kickboxing GP with the opening rounds in September and the semi-finals and finals on [read more]
Tenshin Nasukawa is one of those rare talents to have captivated the world of combat sports at a young age with his undeniable skill, daring and natural aura. Throughout his relatively short career he’s scored a number of impressive knockout victories within the promotion KNOCK.OUT before heading to RIZIN FF where he’s competed not just in professional kickboxing, but also in MMA where he has a flawless record thus far, showcasing talent beyond his years as just a kickboxer and muay thai fighter. This weekend at RISE.125 he competed against Rodtang Jitmuangon, with RISE being affiliated with RIZIN, even holding [read more]
Tenshin Nasukawa is the closest thing that Japanese kickboxing has to a real, bonafide star created organically in the last few years. His fights span a few different promotions, but he’s been making a name for himself in RIZIN FF, Japan’s latest MMA craze that has taken an interest in professional kickboxing as well. His latest fight is from this past weekend against Yusaku Nakamura and, well, things get pretty Tenshin.
KNOCK OUT will air their first big show of 2018 featuring Tenshin Nasukawa in the main event against Suakim. There are also two Super Lightweight Tournament bouts featured. The event will air live on Periscope worldwide at 5pm Japan time. 2.12 Ota Ward Gymnasium Start 5 p.m. Japan time 1st match 136 lbs Hikaru Machida vs. Kazuma Takahashi 2nd match 105 lbs Manazou Kobayashi vs. Kill Bee 3rd match 113 lbs Issei Ishii vs. Nong Rose 4th match 136 lbs Keijiro Miyakoshi vs. Yota Shigemori 5th match 141 lbs KING OF KNOCK OUT SUPER LIGHT WEIGHT TOURNAMENT First round Yosuke Mizuochi vs. [read more]
There are times when you need to adjust your thinking to make way for greatness, because thinking in the “old way” would mean ignoring the future. Tenshin Nasukawa is not a prospect, yet he did many things in 2017 that have worked to show potential for the future, not just for himself, but for kakutougi as a whole in Japan. So instead of crowning him the Prospect of the Year for perhaps a second time, the award is being adjusted to the “Rising Star” award. If you’ve been following Japanese MMA and kickboxing in 2017, you’ll understand why. If not, [read more]
While fans of Japanese kickboxing have been following the steady ascent of 19-year-old Tenshin Nasukawa since 2014, he burst onto the scene in 2016 with his big knockout victory on the first KNOCK OUT show, which was enough to stoke the flames of his career even further when RIZIN scooped him up to fight not once, but twice later that same month to round out 2016. His 2017 has been rapid-fire impressive with five KO victories in kickboxing and two wins in MMA, one via TKO, the other via decision. While kakutougi in Japan has been slowly working its way [read more]
Kickboxing and muay thai sensation Tenshin Nasukawa has made a name for himself with a series of amazing performances in both 2016 and 2017 and last night was no different. In a Mixed Rules bout against former K-1 kickboxer Kizaemon Saiga Tenshin was dead set on not even letting it escape the first round, which was kickboxing, to enter into the MMA rounds. Not that he has a problem with MMA, though, as he’s shown against any of the competition that RIZIN has tossed at him that he’s more than game. Tenshin Nasukawa vs Kizaemon Saiga #RIZIN2017 pic.twitter.com/WHBOvLKSbz — Bestrafer7 [read more]
While Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa has been lighting the world of MMA on fire with a three-win streak in RIZIN MMA in Japan, he’s still a kickboxer at heart and will be returning to the promotion that first got him this crazy noteriety in KNOCK OUT. He’ll be returning to the KNOCK OUT ring at KNOCK OUT vol.4 on August 20th at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium. His opponent has not been decided just yet, but we’ll keep you updated on future updates to the card.