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The MMA Vivisection - RIZIN.16: Tenshin, Cruickshank, and Ayaka Hamasaki

Zane Simon, Eddie Mercado, & Victor Rodriguez breakdown this week’s RIZIN event in Kobe, Japan.

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RIZIN returns this week with a notably less glamorous card than their normal offerings. Tenshin Nasukawa will once again be the feature attraction of the event, in a kickboxing battle against Martin Blanco. The co-main will feature a clash of atomweight champions, as RIZIN title holder Ayaka Hamasaki takes on Invicta champ Jin Yu Frey. Bouts featuring Top Noi, Daron Cruickshank, and Kanna Asakura, will round out the event. (We hopelessly screwed up the bout order so don’t depend on the video for that)

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Here’s a look at the RIZIN.16 fight card as it stands right now, airing on at 1:00 am EST/10pm PST Sunday, June 2nd/Saturday June 1st:

Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Martin Blanco (kickboxing)
Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Jinh Yu Frey
Kanna Asakura vs. Miyuu Yamamoto
Roque Martinez vs. Jake Heun
Yusaku Nakamura vs. Top Noi
Daron Cruickshank vs. Tofik Musaev
Mamoru Uoi vs. Kana Hyatt
Kunitaka Fujiwara vs. Ryuji Horio (kickboxing)
Erson Yamamoto vs. Tim Eschtruth
Hiroto Yamaguchi vs. Taiju Shiratori (kickboxing)
Takaki Soya vs. Namiki Kawahara
Itto Nakatake vs. Kan Nakamura (kickboxing)
Seiki Ueyama vs. Kengo (kickboxing)
Yuya Shibata vs. Yuki Tanaka (kickboxing)