Rizin | Tenshin Nasukawa Returns At Oct. 15 Rizin FF; Moon-Petshi Rounds Out Bantamweight GP

Rizin Fighting Federation ‘s young kickboxing ace is booked formore MMA action and the promotion is keen to use more kickfightingtalent.

Monday, Rizin added five new bouts to its Oct. 15 World Grand Prix 2017 card at Marine Messe Fukuokain Fukuoka, Japan. South Korea’s Jae HoonMoon and France’s KevinPetshi will square off in the final opening round bantamweighttournament contest, while teenage striking sensation TenshinNasukawa will have his fourth pro MMA bout, facing boxingconvert Yamato Fujita in a flyweight affair. Rizin also announced atrio of kickboxing bouts with no elbows: at 112 pounds, Issei Ishiimeets Jin Mandokoro; Rise standout Yuki faces Kuroki Darvish at 132pounds; and Yoshihisa Morimoto will do battle with Ryota Renseigymin a 129-pound affair.

The Moon-Petshi bout completes the 2017 Rizin bantamweight grandprix tournament with 14 competitors. After the three remainingopening round bouts are completed on the Oct. 15 card, each side ofthe tournament bracket will have a wild card entrant added directlyinto the quarterfinals alongside the six victorious fighters fromthe first phase.

Moon, 33, has spent nearly his entire career competing for RoadFighting Championship in his native South Korea. After consecutivelosses to Min Woo Kim and Japanese veteran TaiyoNakahara , Moon rebounded with a third-round knockout of KaiAsakura this past June. Moon is 2-3 in his last five bouts.

The 27-year-old Petshi has won three in a row, all by rear-nakedchoke. In April, “The Machine Gun” tapped MartinAkhtar in Stockholm, Sweden to take the Superior Challengebantamweight title.

Nasukawa picked up his third MMA win at Rizin’s April card inYokohama, icing Italian FrancescoGhigliotti with a head kick and punches in a mere 67 seconds.The striking prodigy, who just turned 19 on Aug. 18, has beenactive since: at Rizin’s 2017 World Grand Prix kickoff in July, heknocked out fellow kickboxer KizaemonSaiga in a mixed rules contest. Three weeks later, he stoppedformer Lumpinee and Rajadamnern stadium champion Wisanlek via cutin the third round.

Fujita hails from a prominent family in Japanese amateur boxing,but after failing to make the 2016 Olympic Games, decided to focushis attentions on MMA. Fujita had his first amateur bout in May,armbarring Ibuki Matsumaru, and returned two weeks later to win atwo-round unanimous decision over Kengo Suzuki. The Nasukawa boutwill be his pro MMA debut.

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