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RIZIN 14 Results: Floyd Mayweather Eats Tenshin Like Sushi, The Gooch Taps Caldwell

Japan loves its big New Years Eve fighting extravaganzas, so RIZIN 14 just went down to oblige them. Yes, there were tons of fights full of names you’ve never heard of, but the two biggest fights were at the top, and they featured a somewhat well-known boxer, a UFC vet and a Bellator vet.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned UFC vet was Kyoji Horiguchi – a.k.a. “the Gooch” – versus Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Meanwhile, the main event had Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, if you thought the Mayweather fight was going to be a work, or some sort of half-hearted attempt at combat entertainment, well, nope. Mayweather came out, chased Tenshin down, ate maybe one hard left with a smile, and proceeded to drop the Japanese star three times with punches to the dome. Less than a round, three knockdowns, and while Tenshin was stumbling around trying to remember where he was, his corner threw in the towel.

RIZIN 14 Results: Floyd Mayweather Eats Tenshin Like Sushi, The Gooch Taps Caldwell

Japan loves its big New Years Eve fighting extravaganzas, so RIZIN 14 just went down to oblige them. Yes, there were tons of fights full of names you’ve never heard of, but the two biggest fights were at the top, and they featured a somewhat well-known boxer, a UFC vet and a Bellator vet.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned UFC vet was Kyoji Horiguchi – a.k.a. “the Gooch” – versus Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Meanwhile, the main event had Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, if you thought the Mayweather fight was going to be a work, or some sort of half-hearted attempt at combat entertainment, well, nope. Mayweather came out, chased Tenshin down, ate maybe one hard left with a smile, and proceeded to drop the Japanese star three times with punches to the dome. Less than a round, three knockdowns, and while Tenshin was stumbling around trying to remember where he was, his corner threw in the towel.

Tenshin: I Underestimated Mayweather

This past weekend (Sun., Dec. 30, 2018), Floyd Mayweather Jr. faced Tenshin Nasukawa exhibition match on New Year’s Eve at RIZIN 14, staged inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, with an end result that everyone pretty much expected.

Indeed, Floyd — the undefeated (50-0) professional boxer — who has has faced and defeated the best boxers in the world, knocked out the 20-year old kickboxer in the very first round. And he banked a cool $ 9 million in the process.

A day after getting smashed in what many are calling nothing more than a glorified squash match, Tenshin took to social media to talk bout the defeat, all wile boldly revealing he underestimated one of the best fighters in the history of combat sports.

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I have worked hard with a big dream in the combat world. Karate, Kickboxing, MMA and Boxing. When I first got the offer I took it in a flash. I thought this was an opportunity of a lifetime, and although there were significant differences in accomplishments and weight classes, I felt that I must not run and take on the challenge. The days since the fight was confirmed have been enjoyable but with concerns, and I spent the time thinking about many things. At the end of the day, I got finished, but I have no regrets. I am disappointed at myself since I thought I could have done better. But I will face the facts and will continue to take on any challenge. I learned that I didn’t work hard enough to earn this opportunity, and I will use this defeat to improve myself and move forward this year. Despite all the things that happened leading up to the fight, I came to realize how truly great Mayweather was. I was the one underestimating him. I promise to make it to that level! It may take some time for me to become the man to haul the industry on my shoulders, but please continue to support me! Everybody who work to make this fight happen, thank you very much. Mr. Mayweather, thank you very much. 僕は格闘界に大きな夢を見て頑張って来ました。空手、キックボクシング、MMAそしてボクシング。 この試合の話が来た時、メイウェザー選手と戦うチャンスはもう絶対巡ってこないから今しかないと思ったし、階級も違う、やって来たことも違うとは思いましたが、僕自身も逃げずにやらなくてはならないと思い試合を受けました。 試合が決まってからこの一戦に向けての日々は、とても楽しかったし、不安だったし色々なことを考えながらの時間でした。 結果は倒されてしまいましたが、後悔はないです。もっと出来ると思った自分が情けないし、悔しかったですが、現実を受け入れて、またチャンスがあれば何事にも逃げずに挑戦したいと思います。 チャンスを活かす為の努力がまだ自分には足りなかったことに気付きましたし、この敗戦を機に自分自身を改善して今年は突き進んでいこうと思います。色々ありましたがメイウェザー選手は本当に凄く強かったです。 舐めていたのは僕自身でした。 僕も必ずそこの域に行きます! 本当に格闘界を背負って行ける男になるまでは、まだまだ先ですが、これからも応援よろしくお願いします! この一戦に携わってくれた皆様、ありがとうございました。 戦ってくれたメイウェザー選手、ありがとうございました。 #Cygames #rizin14 #BOXING #teppengym #target #RISE

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I have worked hard with a big dream in the combat world. Karate, Kickboxing, MMA and Boxing. When I first got the offer I took it in a flash. I thought this was an opportunity of a lifetime, and although there were significant differences in accomplishments and weight classes, I felt that I must not run and take on the challenge. The days since the fight was confirmed have been enjoyable but with concerns, and I spent the time thinking about many things. At the end of the day, I got finished, but I have no regrets. I am disappointed at myself since I thought I could have done better. But I will face the facts and will continue to take on any challenge. I learned that I didn’t work hard enough to earn this opportunity, and I will use this defeat to improve myself and move forward this year. Despite all the things that happened leading up to the fight, I came to realize how truly great Mayweather was. I was the one underestimating him. I promise to make it to that level! It may take some time for me to become the man to haul the industry on my shoulders, but please continue to support me! Everybody who work to make this fight happen, thank you very much. Mr. Mayweather, thank you very much.

Underestimating the man who toyed with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao and even Conor McGregor, doesn’t seem like the smartest thing to do. Of course, had it been a full-on kickboxing match, the odds would’ve been heavily the favor of “Teppen.”

I mean, just look at the man’s skills.

For complete RIZIN 14 results and live updates for all the year-end action from Japan, click here

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RIZIN 14 Results: Floyd Mayweather Eats Tenshin Like Sushi, The Gooch Taps Caldwell

Japan loves its big New Years Eve fighting extravaganzas, so RIZIN 14 just went down to oblige them. Yes, there were tons of fights full of names you’ve never heard of, but the two biggest fights were at the top, and they featured a somewhat well-known boxer, a UFC vet and a Bellator vet.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned UFC vet was Kyoji Horiguchi – a.k.a. “the Gooch” – versus Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Meanwhile, the main event had Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, if you thought the Mayweather fight was going to be a work, or some sort of half-hearted attempt at combat entertainment, well, nope. Mayweather came out, chased Tenshin down, ate maybe one hard left with a smile, and proceeded to drop the Japanese star three times with punches to the dome. Less than a round, three knockdowns, and while Tenshin was stumbling around trying to remember where he was, his corner threw in the towel.

RIZIN 14 Results: Floyd Mayweather Eats Tenshin Like Sushi, The Gooch Taps Caldwell

Japan loves its big New Years Eve fighting extravaganzas, so RIZIN 14 just went down to oblige them. Yes, there were tons of fights full of names you’ve never heard of, but the two biggest fights were at the top, and they featured a somewhat well-known boxer, a UFC vet and a Bellator vet.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned UFC vet was Kyoji Horiguchi – a.k.a. “the Gooch” – versus Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Meanwhile, the main event had Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, if you thought the Mayweather fight was going to be a work, or some sort of half-hearted attempt at combat entertainment, well, nope. Mayweather came out, chased Tenshin down, ate maybe one hard left with a smile, and proceeded to drop the Japanese star three times with punches to the dome. Less than a round, three knockdowns, and while Tenshin was stumbling around trying to remember where he was, his corner threw in the towel.

RIZIN 14 Results: Floyd Mayweather Eats Tenshin Like Sushi, The Gooch Taps Caldwell

Japan loves its big New Years Eve fighting extravaganzas, so RIZIN 14 just went down to oblige them. Yes, there were tons of fights full of names you’ve never heard of, but the two biggest fights were at the top, and they featured a somewhat well-known boxer, a UFC vet and a Bellator vet.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned UFC vet was Kyoji Horiguchi – a.k.a. “the Gooch” – versus Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Meanwhile, the main event had Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, if you thought the Mayweather fight was going to be a work, or some sort of half-hearted attempt at combat entertainment, well, nope. Mayweather came out, chased Tenshin down, ate maybe one hard left with a smile, and proceeded to drop the Japanese star three times with punches to the dome. Less than a round, three knockdowns, and while Tenshin was stumbling around trying to remember where he was, his corner threw in the towel.

RIZIN 14 Results: Floyd Mayweather Eats Tenshin Like Sushi, The Gooch Taps Caldwell

Japan loves its big New Years Eve fighting extravaganzas, so RIZIN 14 just went down to oblige them. Yes, there were tons of fights full of names you’ve never heard of, but the two biggest fights were at the top, and they featured a somewhat well-known boxer, a UFC vet and a Bellator vet.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned UFC vet was Kyoji Horiguchi – a.k.a. “the Gooch” – versus Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Meanwhile, the main event had Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, if you thought the Mayweather fight was going to be a work, or some sort of half-hearted attempt at combat entertainment, well, nope. Mayweather came out, chased Tenshin down, ate maybe one hard left with a smile, and proceeded to drop the Japanese star three times with punches to the dome. Less than a round, three knockdowns, and while Tenshin was stumbling around trying to remember where he was, his corner threw in the towel.

Mayweather Vs Tenshin Stream Blocked In North America

Want to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr. spar kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa?

Then I suggest you hop on a plane and fly someplace else. Unless, of course, you’re one of our international readers who does not reside in North America, where the (cough) “exhibition match” will be blocked.

It’s also blocked in Japan, because they expect you to buy a ticket.

That’s according to pay-per-view (PPV) provider FITE TV, though stateside fans can catch the rest of the RIZIN 14 action this weekend from inside Saitama Super Arena in “The Land of the Rising Sun.”

Here’s the televised line up (subject to change):

RIZIN Bantamweight Title fight [61.0kg / 134.5lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Darrion Caldwell

RIZIN Super Atomweight Title fight [49.0kg / 108.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *Elbows allowed
Kanna Asakura vs Ayaka Hamasaki

[93.0kg / 205.0lb] First round 10 minutes x Second round 5 minutes * Elbows allowed
Jiri Prochazka vs Brandon Halsey

[102.5.0kg / 226 lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Gabi Garcia vs Barbara Nepomuceno

[70.0kg / 153.4lb] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Daron Cruickshank vs Damien Brown

[51.0kg / 112 lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Mika Nagano vs Miyuu Yamamoto

[65.0kg / 143.3lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Kazuyuki Miyata vs Erson Yamamoto

[70.0kg / 154.3lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Yusuke Yachi vs Johnny Case

[60.kg / 132.2lb] 3 x 5 minutes * Elbows allowed
Yuki Motoya vs Justin Scoggins

[59.0kg / 130.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *Elbows allowed
Ulka Sasaki vs Manel Kape

[57.0kg / 125.6lb] 3 x 5 minutes rounds * Elbows allowed
Shinju Auclair vs Justyna Haba

[70.0kg / 154.3lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Tyson Nobumitsu vs Tofiq Musaev

[49.0kg / 108.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
RENA vs Smantha Jean Francois

The live stream starts 1 a.m. ET on Dec. 31 (Sunday night into Monday morning) and costs $ 19.99 through FITE TV (click here to order).

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Midnight Mania! Tenshin Feels Like Kicking Mayweather

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Tenshin Nasukawa said he wasn’t very impressed with Floyd Mayweather’s charisma when they saw each other in person. He also said that, despite Mayweather insisting that their RIZIN 14 bout is strictly a boxing match and solely for ‘fun’, Tenshin said he doesn’t particularly feel like sticking to that ruleset because he doesn’t like what Mayweather says. Via the Associated Press:

“I sensed no aura about him,” he said.

“He says such provocative stuff I feel like kicking him.”

He did also say that, while he feels the much larger Mayweather is fast, he doesn’t anticipate a problem seeing his punches coming.

“He is the best so I can’t let my guard down. I’m sure his punches are fast but I’m sure I can see them.

“I feel excited, although some days I still feel afraid,” Nasukawa added. “But when the day comes, I want to fight with confidence.”

The 41-year-old Mayweather was careful to stipulate that the bout not go on any professional record. It will only be three rounds. Despite all that, Japan’s New Year’s Eve weird fights are known for producing some crazy results. Will RIZIN 14 (which also features some legitimate mixed martial arts superfight action between Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell and RIZIN flyweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi) be the craziest of all?


Insomnia

“Do I cheat? Yes. Do I still want everyone to love me? Yes.”

Forrest Griffin really does look like Tommy Lee Jones a little bit

Some of these pictures of UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and his wife belong in a time capsule

Rose Namajunas juggling a soccer ball in an airport is the sequel to that 2006 FIFA commercial we never knew we needed.

Al Iaquinta, who didn’t fight for years because he could make more money as a real estate agent, is now a top five fighter in the UFC’s deepest division. Wrap your head around that.

Throw BACK Thursday

Rachael Ostovich has filed for divorce from her (allegedly) physically abusive husband.

Happy birthday to Tatiana Suarez

Hockey knockout

Luke Rockhold is moving to light heavyweight- I wonder if his chin will hold up better there when he cuts less weight

Jared Gordon reveals a side professional fighters don’t often talk about: the psychological toll a brutal loss can take.

Sport-specific training

Jon Jones’ callouts of Daniel Cormier always have venom, and usually are the most devastating trash talk MMA has ever seen, but this one reeks of hypocrisy. Jones knows Cormier is at heavyweight because its his natural weight class at age 40, not because he got off his drug suspension early.

He also knows he isn’t about to go to heavyweight to fight Cormier, he has said it isn’t worth the risk. Notice how he offers the third bout as his first defense so that we subtly understand the offer is for light heavyweight. DC is never making 205 again. Unlike McGregor, Cormier has actually defended the title both at light heavyweight and heavyweight.

Its amazingly funny to go from seeing Conor McGregor’s detractors go after his legacy as a double champion for two years, to Jon Jones holding him up as a model Cormier should follow.

That’s a good one; it was a crazy fight.

Remember when Kevin Lee said Dustin Poirier wasn’t a serious competitor in the lightweight division, then lost to Al Iaquinta?

Brutal

Self-defense

Not self-defense

Anderson Silva training on the beach

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Midnight Mania! RIZIN releases trailer, ruleset for Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa

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In what remains an odd event, Floyd Mayweather will box undefeated kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in Japan, at RIZIN 14. The event will also feature a superfight between flyweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi and Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell in a superb cross-promotional coup.

The ruleset this will be contested under basically eliminates all risk to Floyd Mayweather, as it is a 3-round exhibition that will not appear on either man’s boxing or MMA record. There will be no judges, so presumably there will be no winner unless someone gets a finish. Both fighters will wear 8-ounce gloves. Floyd is probably not very worried about fighting a man several weight classes below him for just three rounds.

At least the unrelentingly exciting Tenshin Nasukawa will be drawing a lot of eyes. The caption for this trailer auto-translated to:

I went to December, I cut 30 days until the final decisive battle! Floyd vs. the second trailer of the dim. I got the opportunity to converse Floyd and fist. The two strong men who have drawn the “locus” of undefeated myth in another world while putting oneself in the martial arts field play the encounter of “miracle”. Is there a more miracle going to happen? Please send it to everyone!


Insomnia

I agree with Dana White on this, especially after the troubling results from Holloway’s last two scheduled bouts. Not to be negative, but I’m just hoping nothing… bad… happens this weekend.

Gunnar Nelson says that next time Conor McGregor fights Khabib Nurmagomedov- and he expects a rematch at some point- he will definitely be involved in the preparation.

Sorry, but this is not only a stupid question from Robin Black, but also a perfect summation of his particular flair for esoteric nonsense.

Dana White calling a victim of domestic violence to make sure it is ‘cool’ to have her fight alongside a perpetrator of domestic violence is an unbelievably insensitive move, particularly as Ostovich is one of his lowest paid contractors. All this shows is that he had opportunity to think about this, and still, inexplicably, decided it was a good idea. Dana also keeps talking about redemption, but someone show me where Hardy has displayed any shred of genuine remorse for his actions. Without that, there can be no redemption, no growth.

This really shouldn’t be a question she has to face. Rachael Ostovich has enough on her plate without concerning herself with this too, and she says she would love to move forward and focus on training.

Brian Ortega has a special talent for losing fights right up until he wins them.

Brendan Schaub can’t math good.

Wilder vs. Fury, if Wilder talked like Thor.

That’s a lot of wins in a row.


Podcasts and Video

Max Holloway has a sweet sweep- let the other two Andrews break it down for you.

They also break down Brian Ortega:

Heavy Hands:


Random Land

Before the Russians went with the three-barreled space shotgun, they considered a design possibly even stranger- a space revolver chambered to accept shotgun rounds, long before the Taurus Judge.

I never thought of lemurs as ghostly but it fits.

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