Rizin 16: Tenshin Nasukawa’s Triumph and Ayaka Hamasaki’s Successful Title Defense

Rizin 16, held on June 2, 2019, was a memorable event in the world of mixed martial arts. The event took place at the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan, and featured a mix of MMA and kickboxing bouts. The main event of the evening was a kickboxing match between the undefeated Japanese combat sports phenom Tenshin Nasukawa and ISKA bantamweight titleholder Martin Blanco.

Nasukawa, who held a professional combat sports record of 34-0, was originally scheduled to meet Ahmed Ferradji. However, due to an undisclosed change, Martin Blanco stepped in to fight for the vacant ISKA featherweight belt. Nasukawa emerged victorious, scoring a second-round TKO and taking the ISKA Featherweight Title.

In the co-main event, Ayaka Hamasaki defended her women’s super atomweight title against Jinh Yu Frey. This was a rematch from their previous encounter in Invicta FC. Hamasaki once again defeated Frey, this time scoring a points victory. This marked Hamasaki’s first successful title defense.

The event also featured a match between Miyuu Yamamoto and Kanna Asakura, with Yamamoto emerging victorious via unanimous decision. Jake Heun also made his mark at Rizin 16, defeating Roque Martinez via split decision.

Rizin 16 was a testament to the global appeal of mixed martial arts, showcasing a variety of fighting styles and athletes from different backgrounds. The event was a significant milestone in the history of Rizin Fighting Federation, marking its inaugural trip to Kobe, Japan. The success of Rizin 16 set the stage for future events, further establishing Rizin as a major player in the world of mixed martial arts.


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