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Tenshin Nasukawa set to fight for the ISKA featherweight title at Rizin 16

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Undefeated Tenshin Nasukawa holds a win over Japanese MMA star Kyoji Horiguchi in kickboxing.
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Kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa will fight for a title at the upcoming Rizin Fighting Federation event in Kobe, Japan, on June 2, the promotion announced Wednesday.

The 20-year-old striker, unbeaten in 29 kickboxing matches with 23 knockout victories, is set to take on ISKA featherweight champion Ahmed Ferradji. Nasukawa, who won the ISKA bantamweight title in 2016, dominated and finished Fritz Biagtan in his most recent appearance under the Rizin banner in April.

“I would like to define my fight style for this fight so please look for the differences in the fight,” Nasukawa stated in a release. “I will dominate the fight and will deliver the most entertaining fight on the entire card.”

“I am honored to defend my belt in Japan against Tenshin Nasukawa,” Ferradji stated. “I can’t wait to perform in such a great stage as Rizin.”

Rizin announced a second kickboxing match to the card, featuring Nasukawa’s teammate Daiju Shiratori versus Hiroto Yamaguchi.

Headlining the event, Rizin super atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki defends her title against Invicta FC atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey.