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Sunday, Dec 26, 2021

RIZIN 33: Tenshin Nasukawa to Face Takanori Gomi in Special Rules Bout

Tenshin Nasukawa (left)(image via RIZIN/YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Tenshin Nasukawa will compete in the RIZIN ring once again, after all, as recently the promotion announced the rising star will fight legend, Takanori Gomi on New Year’s Eve,

The 23-year-old, highlight-reel striker will face Gomi in what RIZIN says is a “special standing” rules bout. No conditions regarding what weight the fight will be contested at was announced.

Nasukawa has historically fought at around 128 pounds while Gomi has competed at 155 pounds and higher.

Nasukawa, who has gone 42-0 in pro kickboxing and 4-0 in pro-MMA to date, announced last year that he was transitioning into pro boxing. More recently, it was announced that Nasukawa is expected to finally face fellow, kickboxing star, Takeru Segawa, next June.

The 43-year-old Gomi holds a pro MMA record of 36-15. The former PRIDE champ faced  Koji Tanaka in a custom rules bout last NYE, which did not allow kicks or grappling, and recorded a majority decision win.

RIZIN 33 will be hosted by the Saitama Super Arena on December 31st, and will feature the semifinals and finals for the promotion’s bantamweight grand prix.

Here is the line-up, which will be available in North America via Live Now.


Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Takanori Gomi – special rules bout
Finalists to be determined – bantamweight grand prix finals
Roberto de Souza* vs. Yusuke Yachi – lightweight championship
Mikuru Asakura vs. Yutaka Saito
Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Seika Izawa
Kyohei Hagiwara vs. Hiroaki Suzuki
Noah Bey vs. Koji Takeda
Hideki Sekine vs. Shoma Shibisai
Rena Kubota vs. Si Woo Park
Shinobu Ota vs. Kazuma Sone

Kai Asakura vs. Kenta Takizawa – bantamweight grand prix semi final
Hiromasa Ogikubo vs. Naoki Inoue – bantamweight grand prix semi final
Yuki Motoya vs. Yuto Hokamura – bantamweight grand prix alternate match


posted by FCF Staff @ 10:58 am
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