Kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa will once again be a part of RIZIN’s year-end festivities.
The promotion announced late Tuesday evening that Nasukawa will face Rui Ebata in a 56-kilogram (approx. 123 pounds) kickboxing bout at RIZIN 20 on Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
A 62-kilogram (approx. 137 pounds) kickboxing bout between Taiju Shiratori and Taiga has also been added to the card.
Nasukawa, 21, is unbeaten in kickboxing (35-0) and MMA (4-0) and is one of Japan’s most popular combat sports stars. Last December, he faced boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in a three-round exhibition boxing match that ended in the first when the five-division champion overwhelmed Nasukawa en route to a corner stoppage.
Following that, Nasukawa has gone 5-0 in kickboxing bouts in 2019 so far.
See the updated lineup for RIZIN 20 below (bout order to be determined):
Kai Asakura vs. Manel Kape
Jiri Prochazka vs. C.B. Dollaway
Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Seo Hee Ham
Johnny Case vs. Tofiq Musaev [Lightweight GP semifinal]
Patricky Freire vs. Luiz Gustavo [Lightweight GP semifinal]
Mikuru Asakura vs. John Macapa
Vitaly Shemetov vs. Simon Biyong
Lindsey VanZandt vs. Rena Kubota
Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Hiromasa Ogikubo
Case/Musaev vs. Freire/Gustavo [Lightweight GP final]
Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Rui Ebata — kickboxing
Taiju Shiratori vs. Taiga — kickboxing