Tenshin Nasukawa has received a new opponent for his scheduled bout at the upcoming RIZIN 16 event.

The kickboxing phenom had been booked for a title fight against ISKA featherweight champion Ahmed Ferradji. However, on Monday, the promotion announced that Ferradji has withdrawn from the bout.

Tenshin Nasukawa Receives New Competition

The ISKA decided to strip him of the title due to Ferradji pulling out “without a valid reason.” Now, Nasukawa will take on Martin Blanco instead.

Tenshin Nasukawa Receives

“I am very happy and thankful for fighting in Japan,” Blanco stated in a release. “The fight with Tenshin will be a fight to see who lands the bigger shots. We have a fight plan set for movements and exchanges.

We hope for a KO, but will do what it takes to hand the kid his first loss. I look forward in becoming a two-division champion and to take another belt back to my home Argentina.”

This contest is slated to take place at the upcoming RIZIN Fighting Federation event in Kobe, Japan, on June 2. In the main event, RIZIN super atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki defends her title against Invicta FC atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey. Here’s the updated card:

Fight Card

MMA Fights

  • Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Jinh Yu Frey
  • Kanna Asakura vs. Miyuu Yamamoto
  • Erson Yamamoto vs. Tim Eschtruth
  • Roque Martinez vs. Jake Heun
  • Yusaku Nakamura vs. Topnoi Tiger Muay Thai
  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Tofiq Musaev
  • Takaki Soya vs. Namiki Kawahara
  • Mamoru Uoi vs. Kana Hyatt

Kickboxing Fights

  • Martin Blanco vs. Tenshin Nasukawa
  • ITTO vs. Kan Nakamura
  • Kunitaka vs. Kizaemon Saiga
  • Hiroto Yamaguchi vs. Taiju Shiratori
  • YUYA vs. Yuki Tanaka
  • Seiki Ueyama vs. KENGO
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