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 a tournament to qualify fighters to compete within the RIZIN ring. So yeah, there was a K-1 Japan show on the same night, but this ended up being the fight that had everyone within the combat sports world talking and, as always, Tenshin Nasukawa delivered yet again. No, not with a crazy, dominating victory, but instead a very human performance against another talented fighter in Rodtang.
You can catch the fight below and decide for yourself if this could be the fight of the year thus far in kickboxing. It was sure exciting enough and will go down as an all-time classic. Of course, Tenshin Nasukawa was hard on himself for this fight, while he scored the victory but didn’t do so in his usual, bombastic fashion.
There will definitely be a rematch down the line between these two, with fans clamoring for the rematch and Tenshin Nasukawa himself saying that there has to be another fight between the two. Chances are that RIZIN FF will see the potential in a rematch between the two and put this on the big show in the coming months. What is clear is that Tenshin will remain one of the most talked-about fighters in the world of kickboxing for the near future and still has yet to meet his full potential as both a fighter and a star.