A 19-year-old phenom from Japan has put himself on the map with a crazy move that could be a first in professional MMA.
Tenshin Nasukawa is quickly rising through the ranks of the Rizin Fighting Federation, and with moves like the one above, it’s not hard to see why.
Nasukawa stunned opponent Yusaku Nakamura on Sunday with an incredible variation of the ‘rolling thunder’ kick.
Nasukawa ducked out of the way of a big right hand from Nakamura, before rolling to the ground and kicking his opponent in the face in the process.
While fighters will normally deliver the blow with their outside foot, Nasukawa went one step better and used his inside leg to landed the kick flush on target.
The stunning kick didn’t end the fight, but paved the way for a brutal TKO win, and left the MMA world in shock at how he’d pulled it off.
What sort of wizardy is teenage striking phenom Tenshin Nasukawa using out there, anyway? https://t.co/hBeiH33RCy
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) May 6, 2018
This is one of the most amazing sequences I’ve ever seen in a fight. https://t.co/aG4JY5V0hb
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 6, 2018
Tenshin scored a beautiful knockdown towards the end of the first. Looked like some kind of variation of rolling thunder that he connected with. Double tasty. #RIZIN10
— Peter Carroll (@PetesyCarroll) May 6, 2018
I slowed down that insane Tenshin kick and I still don't know how that was humanly possible. pic.twitter.com/TA53GYaJ17
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) May 6, 2018
Tenshin Nasukawa is the fighter with the most hype behind him in any combat sport today. At 19 years old, he's fought more than 150 times and has won all 29 of his pro fights. The only question is whether he will be a great fighter or an all-time legend of combat sports #Rizin10
— Combat Press (@CombatPress) May 6, 2018
Tenshin Nasukawa has access to the matrix. Pretty sure Kyoji Horiguchi does too #rizin10
— Stewart Fulton (@sfultonMMA) May 6, 2018