Conor McGregor Requests To Fight Tenshin Nasukawa In A MMA Exhibition Bout

What must 20-year-old Tenshin Nasukawa be thinking at this very moment.

Following his, let's face it, embarrassing defeat against Floyd Mayweather on New Year's Eve, the Japanese kickboxer has today been called out by none other than Conor McGregor. No, we are being absolutely serious.

McGregor took to Twitter on Monday morning to request a Mixed Martial Arts exhibition bout against Nasukawa, and requested that the fight take place "before this summer."

This is actually happening and 'Notorious' posted the following on social media to make his intentions known.


McGregor also demanded that the UFC and Paradigm Sports arrange the bout 'this instant' as plans surrounding the Irish fighter's 2019 chop and change almost every day.

A few months back, Far East MMA promotion Rizin held a press conference to confirm that Floyd 'Money' Mayweather will be involved in a bout on the Rizin 14 card at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo to close out 2018.

It was an unexpected turn of events, and the rule set was even more bizarre - but if McGregor vs Tenshin does happen, it looks like it will be MMA rules only.

The 30-year-old suffered a defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October, but it looks like he's more than ready to move on from that fight.

Back in December, he took to Instagram to reveal that he wants to compete for the UFC Lightweight Championship again.

"The McGregor Real Round Formula. Implemented officially after Diaz I. It has stood us well," he wrote.

"Great work here 'The Bomber' Pascu Ion. Big solid b*****d. 2019, we will see who reigns."

McGregor has already revealed his desire to have a rematch with Nurmagomedov, but it might be a while before that could take place.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It is also believed that the Eagle could face Tony Ferguson next, meaning that McGregor would have to wait before he could challenge Nurmagomedov again.

Last month, trainer John Kavanagh dropped a massive bombshell on McGregor: "Well, he would certainly have to convince me to go again," he said.

"I love the whole journey we've had, but I'd need a good 'why.' It might be [Nate] Diaz again because he promised that fight. It might be a rematch with Khabib. But if it was just: 'Well, they want me to fight that guy,' I think I'd say, 'I wish you the best.'

"[McGregor] has a wife and two kids now and I don't want him taking more hits than he needs to. Khabib hit him with a punch in that fight that he has never been hit with in his career. And even Superman slows down at some stage."

Would you like to see McGregor against Tenshin Nasukawa?

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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