In a very strange twist, former UFC two division champion Conor McGregor is asking for a mixed martial arts encounter with Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa.
On December 31 in Japan, former division world champion Floyd Mayweather took part in a three round boxing exhibition with Nasukawa as part of an international pay-per-view for RIZIN Fighting Federation.
In a complete mismatch, Mayweather blew away Nasukawa in two minutes. Nasukawa went down three times before the contest was waved off.
McGregor made his boxing debut in August of 2017, in a junior middleweight fight with Mayweather at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The highly lucrative bout saw McGregor surprise the critics by lasting ten rounds before he was stopped. He won the early rounds before Mayweather broke him down and stopped him.
Mayweather retired after the fight. McGregor has been pressing for a rematch.
Now McGregor is looking to fight Nasukawa in an exhibition - but under MMA rules. Unlike boxing, Nasukawa does have experience in MMA. The 20-year-old Japanese prodigy is undefeated in kickboxing and MMA.
“I wish to go to Tokyo to face Tenshin Nasukawa in a Mixed Martial Arts exhibition bout. Before this summer. Please arrange this, this instant. Yours sincerely, The champ champ.” – said McGregor on social media.
McGregor last fought on October 6, as part of the UFC 229 pay-per-view, and was stopped by UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But McGregor's future is unknown at the present - and there is a chance that he might not be unable to fight for the remainder of the year. The fighter is awaiting disciplinary action from the Nevada State Athletic Commission - for the post-fight brawl with members of Khabib’s team. He is expected to face the music at a hearing at some point this month. Most observers expect the NSAC to suspend him and issue a fine.