Tenshin gets new opponent at RIZIN 16

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Tenshin Nasukawa draws a new opponent for RIZIN 16. Photo: RIZIN FF.

A last minute change to this weekend’s RIZIN line up has resulted in a new opponent for kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa.

RIZIN announced his original opponent Ahmed Ferradji has pulled out from Sunday’s championship fight on short notice and without reason.

Ferradji, the International Sport Karate Association featherweight champion, has been stripped of the title and Nasukawa will now meet ISKA bantamweight champion Martin Blanco from Argentina.

Blanco and Nasukawa will compete for the vacant ISKA featherweight belt.

Blanco, a 30-year-old kickboxer with an 8-1-1 record, said he was in great shape and intends to make the most of this opportunity.

“I look forward in becoming a two division champion and to take another belt back to my home Argentina.”

The main event of RIZIN 16 will see super atomweight queen Ayaka Hamasaki meet Invicta FC atomweight titleholder Jinh Yu Frey in achampion vs. champion bout.

Other confirmed bouts include:

Ayaka Hamasaki vs Jinh Yu Frey
Kanna Asakura vs Miyuu Yamamoto
Erson Yamamoto vs Tim Eschtruth
Roque Martinez vs Jake Heun
Yusaku Nakamura vs Topnoi Tiger Muay Thai
Daron Cruickshank vs Tofiq Musaev
Takaki Soya vs Namiki Kawahara
Mamoru Uoi vs Kana Hyatt

Kickboxing

Martin Blanco vs Tenshin Nasukawa
ITTO vs Kan Nakamura
Kunitaka vs Kizaemon Saiga
Hiroto Yamaguchi vs Taiju Shiratori
YUYA vs Yuki Tanaka
Seiki Ueyama vs KENGO

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