Rizin Fighting Federation held its second event of 2019 when the promotion makes its inaugural trip to the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan, for Rizin 16.

In the evening’s main event, undefeated Japanese combat sports phenom Tenshin Nasukawa, 20, fought ISKA bantamweight titleholder Martin Blanco for the vacant ISKA featherweight belt. Nasukawa, who holds a professional combat sports record of 34-0, was originally scheduled to meet Ahmed Ferradji prior to an undisclosed change this week.

In the night’s co-headliner, the women’s super atomweight and former Invicta champion Ayaka Hamasaki defended her title for the first time against familiar foe, current Invicta atomweight queen Jihn Yu Frey.



The event aired live at 12:20 p.m. ET on FITE TV via Combat Press.

FULL RESULTS
Kickboxing: Tenshin Nasukawa def. Martin Blanco by knockout (knee to the body). Round 2 – for the ISKA featherweight title
Ayaka Hamasaki def. Jinh Yu Frey by unanimous decision – for the women’s super atomweight title
Miyuu Yamamoto def. Kanna Asakura by unanimous decision
Jake Heun def. Roque Martinez by split decision
Yusaku Nakamura def. Topnoi Tiger Muay Thai by unanimous decision
Tofiq Musayev def. Daron Cruickshank by unanimous decision
Mamoru “Fullswing” Uoi def. Kana Hyatt by TKO (strikes). Round 3
Kickboxing: Ryuji Horio def. Kunitaka Fujiwara by unanimous decision
Kickboxing: Erson Yamamoto def. Tim Eschtruth by knockout (right elbow). Round 1
Kickboxing: Taiju Shiratori def. Hiroto Yamaguchi by unanimous decision (30-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Takaki Soya def. Naiki Kawahara by knockout (punch and soccer kick). Round 1
Kickboxing: Kan Nakamura def. Itto Nakatake by knockout (left high kick). Round 2
Kickboxing: Seiki Ueyama def. Kengo by TKO (referee stoppage). Round 1
Kickboxing: Yuya Shibata def. Yuki Tanaka by TKO (three knockdowns). Round 1

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Zach Aittama
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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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