‘The Notorious’ is Obviously Still Obsessed by Floyd Mayweather… He’s Called Out Japanese Kickboxing Sensation Tenshin Nasukawa… And Challenged the 20-Year Old to an Exhibition Match Before the Summer…
Floyd Mayweather took on Tenshin Nasukawa in a three-round boxing exhibition at RIZIN 14 on New Year’s Eve. The event marked the first time that ‘Money’ fought outside Nevada since 2005. And no wonder: because he was literally being paid $9 million for 9 minutes of action.
The ‘fight’ was supposed to last for three three-minute rounds. However, after knocking down the 20-year old bantamweight kickboxer three times, Tenshin’s corner threw in the towel. Fans and analysts are split over whether or not the fight was a fix.
Now though, a new opportunity has opened for Tenshin, after Conor McGregor challenged the RISE champion to another exhibition fight. We’re not sure how serious he is about it, but you can imagine Tenshin is getting his red panties ready right now.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 7, 2019
McGregor is obviously still obsessed by his former opponent Floyd Mayweather – especially when it comes to money. He challenged Nasukawa on Twitter, issuing his demands to the UFC. He wrote:
“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. @ufc @ParadigmSM.”
Right now, nobody has any idea how serious the Irishman is being. However, this is the sort of thing that can kick it off. How would this even work?
Let’s go against our instincts and assume that McGregor isn’t trolling. How would a mixed martial arts ‘exhibition’ even work? Remember, Tenshin was supposed to fight Mayweather for three three-minute rounds. A typical non-title bout in MMA lasts for three five-minute rounds.
Meanwhile, Tenshin might have thought he could use his speed to his advantage against Mayweather – who was literally twice his age. Nasukawa is a natural bantamweight, while McGregor – most comfortable at 155lbs – has fought as heavy as welterweight. For all Nasukawa’s skillset, the size factor would definitely be an issue again.
Nasukawa does have some MMA experience. Although he’s fought overwhelmingly as a kickboxer, he’s also got a record of 4-0 in MMA under the RIZIN label. However, McGregor – for all of his faults, and he has many – has faced a whole line of killers, including Eddie Alvarez, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Nate Diaz, and Khabib Nurmagamedov. Win or lose, that’s a totally different level of experience.
At the end of the day, McGregor is probably trolling the world. He can’t fight anyway until the Nevada Athletic Commission deals with the whole UFC 229 post-fight brawl nonsense. The NAC is set to come to their decision by the end of this month.
It’s uncertain whether or not an exhibition that would not affect either man’s record would be affected by any such bout. However, it’s unlikely the UFC will go down the road of negotiating with RIZIN anyway. Right now it’s all just speculation, but when McGregor speaks, the world listens. Usually, there’s a lot of money involved.