Yet another superfighter is interested in facing Tenshin Nasukawa, 20, of Tokyo, Japan. On January 6, 2019, former UFC Lightweight Champion Conor “Notorious” McGregor, 30, of Dublin, Ireland took to Twitter to ask the UFC to arrange a mixed martial martial arts exhibition bout between him and the undefeated Japanese fighter.
Before 2018 ended, Nasukawa made headlines when Rizin Fighting Federation confirmed that he is facing undefeated boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., 41, of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States in a boxing exhibition bout. The two headlined “Rizin 14: Saitama” on December 31, 2018 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Nasukawa and Mayweather competed in a catch weight of 66.6 kg. After 2 minutes and 20 seconds, referee Kenny Bayless put a stop to the boxing exhibition match when the American boxer knocked out his Japanese contender.
Since it was an exhibition match, Nasukawa and Mayweather’s records were not affected. The American boxer still has 50 wins and 0 loss while the Japanese fighter still does not hold a professional boxing record.
As a kickboxer, Nasukawa holds a professional record of 28 wins and 0 loss. As a professional MMA fighter, he has 4 wins and 0 loss.
On the other hand, McGregor has 21 wins and 4 losses as a professional MMA fighter and 0 win and 1 loss as a professional boxer. On August 26, 2017, he lost to Mayweather via technical knockout in the 10th round in a light middleweight boxing match at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
Apparently, Nasukawa was flattered that McGregor wanted to fight him. On January 8, 2019, the undefeated Japanese fighter took to Facebook to respond to the Irish fighter.
The last time McGregor competed in the UFC octagon was on October 6, 2018 when he challenged reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Dagestan, Russia at “UFC 229” at the T-Mobile Arena. The Dagestani reigning champion submitted his Irish challenger via neck crank in the fourth round.
Meanwhile, here is Nasukawa answering questions from the media in Japanese: