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I have worked hard with a big dream in the combat world. Karate, Kickboxing, MMA and Boxing. When I first got the offer I took it in a flash. I thought this was an opportunity of a lifetime, and although there were significant differences in accomplishments and weight classes, I felt that I must not run and take on the challenge. The days since the fight was confirmed have been enjoyable but with concerns, and I spent the time thinking about many things. At the end of the day, I got finished, but I have no regrets. I am disappointed at myself since I thought I could have done better. But I will face the facts and will continue to take on any challenge. I learned that I didn’t work hard enough to earn this opportunity, and I will use this defeat to improve myself and move forward this year. Despite all the things that happened leading up to the fight, I came to realize how truly great Mayweather was. I was the one underestimating him. I promise to make it to that level! It may take some time for me to become the man to haul the industry on my shoulders, but please continue to support me! Everybody who work to make this fight happen, thank you very much. Mr. Mayweather, thank you very much. 僕は格闘界に大きな夢を見て頑張って来ました。空手、キックボクシング、MMAそしてボクシング。 この試合の話が来た時、メイウェザー選手と戦うチャンスはもう絶対巡ってこないから今しかないと思ったし、階級も違う、やって来たことも違うとは思いましたが、僕自身も逃げずにやらなくてはならないと思い試合を受けました。 試合が決まってからこの一戦に向けての日々は、とても楽しかったし、不安だったし色々なことを考えながらの時間でした。 結果は倒されてしまいましたが、後悔はないです。もっと出来ると思った自分が情けないし、悔しかったですが、現実を受け入れて、またチャンスがあれば何事にも逃げずに挑戦したいと思います。 チャンスを活かす為の努力がまだ自分には足りなかったことに気付きましたし、この敗戦を機に自分自身を改善して今年は突き進んでいこうと思います。色々ありましたがメイウェザー選手は本当に凄く強かったです。 舐めていたのは僕自身でした。 僕も必ずそこの域に行きます！ 本当に格闘界を背負って行ける男になるまでは、まだまだ先ですが、これからも応援よろしくお願いします！ この一戦に携わってくれた皆様、ありがとうございました。 戦ってくれたメイウェザー選手、ありがとうございました。 #Cygames #rizin14 #BOXING #teppengym #target #RISE
“He added another to his resume earlier today.”
RIZIN 15 took place earlier today, with King Mo and Tenshin Nasukawa fighting on the card, it was bound to be interesting.
In the lead up to the Floyd Mayweather fight, we got to see more into Tenshin Nasukawa’s background and his interests outside of combat sports.
We learnt that Anime was a huge part of Tenshin’s life and how he tries to model himself off of characters from certain Anime cartoons he watches.
After scoring another KO win earlier today, Tenshin went into his Anime zone after the knockdown and used the ‘Kamehameha’ gesture from the Dragonball Z series.
It is no surprise he used Dragonball, the knockdown was a pretty ninja move and was a clean shot too.
I’ll bet it cost a small fortune to buy arena tickets to watch Mayweather fight a Japanese kickboxer, considering Floyd got $88 million for the exhibition match. I’ll also bet a lot of people in the audience were pissed off, given Mayweather decisively won in the first round. pic.twitter.com/FrcW8sakeS
— Bill Cutler (@billcutler27) December 31, 2018
With this win, Tenshin Nasukawa improves to 30-0 as a kickboxer. That’s a pretty impressive feat. His fight today was less than six weeks after his last, where he scored an insane cartwheel kick KO.
In his opponents corner for this fight was none other than the legendary Manny Pacquiao. His opponent was Fritz Biagtan.
The main event saw King Mo, take on Jiri Prochazka, a very tired King Mo was stopped via 3rd round TKO. Making Prochazka RIZIN’s first ever Light Heavyweight Champion.
Here is the video of Tenshin’s KO…
This is Tenshin’s second win since the Floyd Mayweather exhibition matchup on new years eve. He is proving to everybody once again that he is a top-level competitor.
Do you think someone like Tenshin Nasukawa could make it far in the UFC? He has previously spoken about fighting with Conor McGregor under Kickboxing rules. However, the weight would be an issue between those two fighters.
Tenshin has got his win streak rolling again, how long do you think he will be able to keep it going?
Here is the full RIZIN 15 results list.
Tenshin Nasukawa def. Fritz Biagtan via third-round TKO
Thalisson Ferreira def. Taiga Kawabe via second-round TKO
Jiri Prochazka def. Muhammed Lawal via third-round TKO
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Ben Nguyen via first-round TKO
Roberto Satoshi def. Satoru Kitaoka via second-round TKO
Karl Albrektsson def. Christiano Frohlich via unanimous decision
Rena Kubota def. Samantha Jean-Francois via unanimous decision
Mikuru Asakura def. Luiz Gustavo via unanimous decision
Kana Watanabe def. Justyna Haba via unanimous decision
Damien Brown def. Koji Takeda via unanimous decision
Manel Kape def. Seiichiro Ito via second-round TKO
Kanako Murata def. Saray Orozco via second-round technical submission (Von Flue choke)