Conor McGregor Tweets Desire for MMA Exhibition With Tenshin Nasukawa

By Nathan Zur Jan 7, 2019


First it was boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, Jr. who agreed to head over to Japan for a one-off exhibition match against 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa; now Conor McGregor wants in on the action.

Mayweather came out of retirement for the third time after he agreed to a three round exhibition bout against Nasukawa under boxing rules at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan on Dec. 31. The undefeated 41-year-old made light work of the Japanese kickboxing prodigy, knocking Nasukawa down three times in the first round and winning by TKO when Nasukawa’s corner threw in the towel.

Mayweather earned a reported $9 million for his trip to Japan and now Irish superstar McGregor has tweeted out that he is interested in his own exhibition fight as well.

“I wish to go to Tokyo to face Tenshin Nasukawa in a mixed martial arts exhibition bout,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “Before this summer. Please arrange this, this instant.

“Yours sincerely The champ champ.”

While the tweet was probably made in jest by “The Notorious,” it will be interesting if it goes ahead considering he is still under contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Nasukawa is part of the Japanese MMA promotion Rizin FF. Nasukawa is a huge star in combat sports in Japan due to his undefeated kickboxing record and exciting fighting style; however, he stands only 5-foot-5 and naturally competes at 125 pounds.

McGregor hasn’t fought MMA since his one-sided loss to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October. The Irishman recently welcomed the birth of his second child after he posted a picture of himself leaving the hospital with his son, Conor Jr., by his side.

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