Conor McGregor did not waste any time stirring the pot in 2019—the UFC star took to Twitter only a week into the brand new yr to challenge Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa to an exhibition combat “Earlier than this summer season.”
I want to go to Tokyo to face Tenshin Nasukawa in a Combined Martial Arts exhibition bout.
Earlier than this summer season.
Please prepare this, this on the spot.
The champ champ. @ufc @ParadigmSM
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 7, 2019
What makes this combat fascinating is the truth that Floyd Mayweather just lately (and considerably infamously) “fought” Nasukawa at Rizin 14 on New 12 months’s Eve in Tokyo. The lead-up to the combat was controversial resulting from Mayweather initially backing out of the deal, stating he was misled concerning the phrases and what rules the combat was going to be judged by. The boxer in the end agreed to the bout, subsequently crushing Nasukawa within the first spherical to the tune of $9 million.
McGregor tagged the UFC and his administration firm, Paradigm, in his tweet, so it’s secure to imagine he’s severe about making this occur. McGregor’s motivation for this combat isn’t totally clear, however he could be searching for a win after two main losses just lately: one in his boxing exhibition against Mayweather in August 2017 after which at UFC 229 to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.
To this point, there was no response from Nasukawa, Paradigm, or the UFC, however we’ll be curious to see how this one performs out.