RIZIN 16 was live on June 2, 2019 as Tenshin Nasukawa headlined from the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan. The live results are below.
RIZIN 16: Nasukawa vs. Blanco live from the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan on June 2, 2019.
In the main event, Japanese superstar and kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa faces Argentina’s Martin Blanco for the ISKA featherweight (126lbs) in a kickboxing contest. Nasukawa, who is only 20, is one of the breakout stars in Japan, and is 4-0 in MMA as well as undefeated in kickboxing. Nasukawa is undefeated in RIZIN, besides the exhibition bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year, which does not reflect on his record. Most recently in RIZIN, Nasukawa beat Fritz Aldin Biagtan by third-round TKO in a kickboxing contest. Blanco, for his part, will be making his RIZIN debut.
In the co-main event, current RIZIN 49KG (108lb) champion Ayaka Hamasaki rematches Jinh Yu Frey – who is the current Invicta FC atomweight champion. The two first fought back at Invicta FC 19 in 2016, when Hamasaki defeated Frey by TKO (Doctor Stoppage – Cut) in the second round for the atomweight title. Hamasaki went 3-1 from there, including three straight wins in RIZIN. Most recently, Hamasaki defeated Japanese prospect Kanna Asakura for the vacant title at RIZIN 14. Frey, also went 3-1 since that bout, capturing the atomweight title and defending it once in the process with back-to-back close decision wins over Minna Grusander.
Also on the card, is a heavyweight brawl between Roque Martinez and Jake Heun and an intriguing battle between UFC veteran Daron Cruickshank and Tofiq Musayev.
All competitors made weight.
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RIZIN 16: Nasukawa vs. Blanco Results:
- Tenshin Nasukawa def. Martin Blanco (C) by TKO (Three Knockdowns), Round 2, 2:18 – for the ISKA featherweight title – kickboxing – Finish
- Ayaka Hamasaki (C) def. Jinh Yu Frey by Unanimous Decision – for the RIZIN 49KG title – MMA – And Still!
- Miyuu Yamamoto def. Kanna Asakura by Unanimous Decision – MMA
- Jake Heun def. Roque Martinez by Split Decision – MMA
- Yusaku Nakamura def. Topnoi Tiger Muay Thai by Unanimous Decision – MMA
- Tofiq Musayev def. Daron Cruickshank by Unanimous Decision – MMA
- Mamoru Uoi def. Kana Hyatt by TKO (Punches), Round 3, 4:47 – MMA – Finish
- Ryuji Horio def. Kunitaka Fujiwara by Unanimous Decision – kickboxing
- Erson Yamamoto def. Tim Eschtruth by KO (Elbow), Round 1, 2:03 – MMA – Finish
- Taiju Shiratori def. Hiroto Yamaguchi by Unanimous Decision – kickboxing
- Takaki Soya def. Namiki Kawahara by KO (Left Hook and Soccer Kicks), Round 1, 4:05 – MMA – Finish
- Kan Nakamura def. Itto Nakatake by KO (Head Kick), Round 2, 0:17 – kickboxing – Finish
- Seiki Ueyama def. Kengo by TKO (Referee Stoppage), Round 1, 2:43 – kickboxing – Finish
- Yuya Shibata def. Yuki Tamaka by TKO (Three Knockdowns), Round 1, 2:45 – kickboxing – Finish