Japanese kickboxing promotion RISE announced an expansion of its WORLD SERIES brand following RISE 129 on Saturday, Nov. 17. The series will evolve into two, eight-man tournaments that span three separate events in 2019. Watch the entire press conference here.

Half of the tournament field was announced for the 57-58-kilogram tournament. Japanese’s kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa has been announced as a tournament competitor. The 20-year-old pushed his professional record to an outstanding 28 wins and zero defeats with a dominant first-round knockout of former champ Taiki Naito.

The other three announced participants were also victorious at RISE 129. Rodtang Jitmuangnon ran through Japan’s Yuki over the course of three, one-sided rounds, Suakim had his hand raised in a hard-fought battle against exciting Argentinian Ignacio Capllonch, and Japan’s Shiro bested Masahide Kudo in a closely contested bout.

The lone fighter announced for the 61-kilogram tournament field was former K-1 super featherweight world champion Taiga.

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Zach Aittama became a fan of martial arts at an early age. Hooked on the sport after one experience, Zach started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as a teenager. Watching the sport only increased his interest, building a fascination for combat sports around the globe. Years of training and amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school full-time. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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