Tenshin Nasukawa turned on a vintage performance in the main event of RIZIN 16, demolishing Martin Blanco with a body blow that folded the Argentinian like a deck chair.
Blanco stepped up to face Tenshin on short notice, after his initial opponent Ahmed Ferradji was pulled from the fight late last week.
The opponent change had little, if any, effect on the outcome. Not once did the 20-year-old Japanese fighter look in any danger.
The opening round saw Blanco do his best to strike hard and strike early. A couple of his leg kicks landed low, disrupting the flow of the opening round, but only sought to spur on Tenshin.
As the second round bell rang, Tenshin kicked into gear, peppering Blanco with knees, hooks and precise kicks that rocked him several times. A knee to the body sent him down three times before the referee jumped in to halt proceedings.
With the win, Nasakawa adds the ISKA featherweight title to his mantelpiece and improves his kickboxing record to 32-0.
Ayaka Yamasaki wins again
The co-main event was a champion vs. champion affair as Ayaka Hamasaki met Invita FC atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey for a second time.
Hamasaki, RIZIN’s super atomweight champion, took the unanimous decision after three gruelling rounds and put a stop to Frey’s plan to claim back a loss from their first fight in 2016.
The options for Hamasaki will now open up, after ROAD FC atomweight champion Ham Seo-Hee was in attendance.
Further down the card and Miyuu Yamamoto picked up a huge decision win over Kanna Asakura, while Jake Heun made a big statement in his first move to heavyweight, defeating Roque Martinez in a three-round war.
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