Tenshin Nasukawa Destroys the Competition in RIZIN, Calls Out Takeru

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 back to prominence the last few years, Tenshin hasn’t gotten the memo and has become one of the rare, once-in-a-lifetime standouts that could take this steady increase and throw it into overdrive. He’s not just that good, but he has an aura to him that is undeniable. When you watch Tenshin fight you know that you are in for something special.

When RIZIN threw together a four-man kickboxing tournament for their big year-end event, RIZIN FF 9, it was clear that Tenshin would probably win no matter what, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Because yeah, he won, but he did so in style.

First was Yuta Hamamoto, who was dispatched in round two with a flying knee.

Second was Yamato Fujita, who was stopped after three knockdowns in the first round.

Tenshin is becoming a force of nature in Japan, with him appealing to the crowd afterwards and calling out K-1 Japan violence machine Takeru in a fight that absolutely everyone wants to happen, but will probably never happen thanks to politics and management. Happy New Year.