RIZIN – 12/31/2017: Pancrase champ Sunabe in the Kickboxing Tournament

Mitsuhisa Sunabe, Tenshin Nasukawa, and Yamato Fujita

RIZIN is doing a one-day four-men kickboxing tournament at 57 kg & under on December 31st.

For now, three fighters are confirmed for this tournament – Tenshin Nasukawa, Yamato Fujita and Pancrase super-flyweight champion Mitsuhisa Sunabe.

Obviously this is the tournament to promote Nasukawa, one of the most popular fighters in RIZIN.

However, it doesn’t mean there is going to bunch of nobody at this tournament. For example, Fujita, who lost to Tenshin via decision in October, is actually a very good boxer. Fujita won all five amateur titles in the Japan’s mateur boxing (three in high school and two in college), and he will be looking for a revenge.

Fujita is going face Sunabe in the semi-final but the Pancrase champ has never done a kickboxing rules bout. The closest thing to kickboxing he has done in the past is one Shoot Boxing fight Sunabe did back in 2009. He lost this fight via unanimous decision.

Also, Fujita has never done a kickboxing rules bout as well but he is heavily experienced in boxing so he should be able to beat Sunabe to advance to the final.

In terms of Tenshin’s opponent in the semi-final, RIZIN has decided to publicly seeking for a fighter. Meaning, RIZIN is willing to take an application from anyone around the world so if you are interested in fighting Tenshin on December 31st, then you should have your manager reach out to RIZIN matchmaker.

RIZIN
Sunday, December 31st, 2017
At Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Doors Open – 13:30
Fight Starts – 15:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

120 Kg &Uder Bout 1R / 10 min / 2R / 5 min
Mirko Cro-Cop (Croatia / Cro-Cop Top Team) vs Tsuyoshi “TK” Kosaka (Japan / ALLIANCE)

RIZIN Women’s Super-Atomweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout 5 min / 3R
RENA (Japan / Shoot Boxing) vs  (Spain / )

RIZIN Women’s Super-Atomweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout 5 min / 3R
Kanna Asakura (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Maria Oliveira (Brazil / Parana Vale Tudo)

RIZIN Kickboxing 57 Kg & Under Tournament Semi-Final Bout 3 min  3R
Tenshin Nasukawa (Japan / TARGET) vs TBA

RIZIN Kickboxing 57 Kg & Under Tournament Semi-Final Bout 3 min  3R
Mitsuhisa Sunabe (Japan / reversal Gym OKINAWA CROSSxLINE) vs Yamato Fujita (Japan / Reversal Gym Shinjuku Me, We)

Women’s Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shinju Nozawa Auclair (USA / ) vs Chelsea La Grasse (USA / Lancaster Academy of MMA)

73 Kg & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Takanori Gomi (Japan / Higashi Rinkan Rascal Gym) vs Yusuke Yachi (Japan / KRAZY BEE)

 

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)