Tenshin Nasukawa ready to face Conor McGregor in kickboxing matchup
The former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor showed his interest in an exhibition bout against Tenshin Nasukawa. Emerging as kickboxing and MMA sensation from Japan, the latter is a recent opponent of Floyd Mayweather Jr., who went through the ropes in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve scoring the first-round TKO.
“The Notorious” made his highly anticipated return to the Octagon last October at UFC 229 where he was submitted in Round 4 by the defending lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. In August 2017 McGregor made his pro boxing debut going up against “Money” Mayweather, who took the TKO win in Round 10.
Conor McGregor is currently sidelined due to an incident happened straight after his fight with Nurmagomedov. Both are awaiting the Nevada Athletic Commission hearing scheduled for late January.
“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,” Conor McGregor recently posted on Twitter.
Undefeated Nasukawa holds the 28-0 record in kickboxing as well as 4-0 in MMA. The outcome of his boxing encounter with Mayweather didn’t go on the official fight record being a “no contest”. Japanese fighter responded to former UFC double champ with a post in social media.
“Dear Mr. McGregor. Thank you very much for remembering my name. I’m honored that you would even consider fighting me. 58kg, kickboxing rules would probably get us in the ring sometime in the near future,” wrote Nasukawa.
Earlier this month UFC President Dana White spoke a potential rematch between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, depending on the verdict of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Max Holloway, Tony Ferguson are also on the list as the potential opponents for the Irish mixed martial artist.