Tenshin Nasukawa isn’t a name familiar to many people, but in the MMA world, he’s making monumental waves.
The 19-year-old phenom has become the face of major Japanese promotion Rizin Fighting Federation after starting his kickboxing career at 13 years old.
The NYPost reports,
His latest victory saw him deliver a breathtaking maneuver that left his opponent stunned on the canvas.
The move is known as “rolling thunder,” and normally fighters would deliver the blow with their outside foot.
Nasukawa, however, stunned his opponent by tweaking the move and instead used his inside leg, which landed flush on his target.
While the initial kick didn’t end the fight, Nasukawa delivered the finishing blow in the second round when he hit opponent Yusaku Nakamura with a flush left hand that forced the referee to stop the fight.
He may not be a household name just yet, but with his star on a rapid rise, it won’t be long before he’s taking on the biggest names on the grandest stage of all.