Tenshin Nasukawa is running through opponents in kickboxing, so RIZIN Fighting Federation has decided to think outside the box for his next appearance.
The Japanese fight promotion announced Tuesday that the undefeated kickboxing superstar will face three different opponents in one night this Sunday in Tokyo, battling one foe per round.
Nasukawa, who holds a perfect 41-0 record with 30 knockouts in kickboxing, will battle Koki Osaki (24-5-0-1, 15 KO) in the opening round, with Hiroya Kawabe (33-17, 20 KO) stepping in for the second stanza. The third opponent will only be revealed during the walkout.
The “special standing bout” will be contested in three-minute rounds with a three-knockdown rule. Kicks won’t be allowed, but fighters can throw superman punches and spinning backfists. The challenge ends prematurely if Nasukawa gets stopped by any of the opponents.
RIZIN 28 will take place at the iconic Tokyo Dome and will feature the coronation of RIZIN’s first lightweight champion in a match between grand prix winner Tofiq Musayev and jiu-jitsu specialist Roberto Satoshi. Check the complete lineup and the bout order below.
Mikuru Asakura vs. Kleber Koike
Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Koki Osaki, Hiroya Kawabe, and Mr. X
Tofiq Musayev vs. Roberto Satoshi
Kai Asakura vs. Shooto Watanabe [bantamweight GP opening round]
Naoki Inoue vs. Shintaro Ishiwatari [bantamweight GP opening round]
Hiromasa Ougikubo vs. Takeshi Kasugai [bantamweight GP opening round]
Yuki Motoya vs. Ryo Okada [bantamweight GP opening round]
Yutaka Saito vs. Vugar Karamov
Shoma Shibisai vs. Tsuyoshi Sudario
Satoshi Yamasu vs. Noah Bey