Conor McGregor Wants to Fight Tenshin Nasukawa in a MMA Exhibition

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06:  Conor McGregor of Ireland walks to his corner before facing Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC star Conor McGregor has expressed his desire to face Tenshin Nasukawa in an MMA exhibition in Tokyo.

The Notorious took to Twitter to let his wish be known:

Nasukawa is best known for his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his boxing debut on New Year's Eve, but he's unbeaten in MMA and a multi-weight champion in kickboxing within the Rise organisation. 

Nasukawa has also fought in Rizin, Japan's top MMA organisation, and he holds a 4-0 record.

Cris "Cyborg" Justino offered to join the Notorious in Tokyo:

According to MMAFighting.com's Peter Carroll, McGregor's post was likely a "nod" to Nasukawa's bout against Mayweather, which was also announced as an exhibition. The 20-year-old was dropped three times in the opening round before his corner threw in the towel.

It wasn't much of a fight:

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Snowden offered a few other suggestions:

McGregor also lost to Mayweather in his boxing debut, but the Irishman went 10 rounds with Money and even took a lead on the scorecards early.

McGregor last fought at UFC 229, losing to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedovby submission in the fourth round. Per Carroll, UFC President Dana White has said he wants the two to meet again in 2019.

A rematch with Nurmagomedov seems a lot more likely than a fight with Nasukawa, who should be wary of entering a ring or Octagon with a world-class competitor outside of kickboxing for the foreseeable future.

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