Forget Nurmagomedov and Mayweather, McGregor Wants Tenshin Fight Next
It appears that Tenshin Nasukawa has become the most sought after opponent in combat sports as Conor McGregor is now wanting to fight Nasukawa by the summer time.
For those that don’t know, Tenshin Nasukawa was the kickboxer who fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an exhibition on New Year’s Eve from Tokyo. Mayweather stacked the exhibition’s rules in his favor and easily won in the 1st round.
McGregor, never to be at a loss for words, made the following comments via social media about wanting to fight Tenshin Nasukawa next:
“I want 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.”
Mayweather made a reported $9 million dollars from the farce. Nasukawa looked like a kid inside the ring with Floyd Jr. It makes perfect sense now, as to why this exhibition was blacked out in America.
The young Tenshin responded to McGregor via Twitter:
“Thank you very much for remembering my name. I’m honored that you would even consider fighting me.”
Obviously, McGregor’s sarcasm is lost in translation. Unless, Tenshin fired back with some humor of his own when he said the fight should be a kickboxing exhibition. Many critics wish that Floyd would’ve eaten a few kicks to the head.
Nevertheless, if Nasukawa can score an actual exhibition with Conor then he comes out the real winner. Imagine a relatively unknown 20-year old kickboxer fighting the two biggest combat sports athletes in the world today.
What’s Really Next for McGregor?
Obviously an exhibition with Tenshin isn’t really going to happen. He would have a better chance of appearing at WrestleMania 35 on April 7th, than a fight with Nasukawa.
Currently, McGregor’s fight plans are on hold until the Nevada State Athletic Commission rule on his participation in the post-fight brawl at UFC 229 last October. Both McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are facing suspensions and possible fines.
UFC President Dana White recently said that a rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor should take place in 2019, provided that they don’t have lengthy suspensions and that they win other fights before then.
With that said, Nurmagomedov is practically locked into a fight against Tony Ferguson for the lightweight title. These two were supposed to fight three times before, but Ferguson suffered injuries each time. However, Ferguson is clearly the odds on favorite to fight Nurmagomedov next as Dana White has been publicly expressing this matchup.
As for McGregor, he has plenty of options on the table. Conor could take on Al Iaquinta with the winner taking on the winner of Nurmagomedov and Ferguson. Or McGregor could take on Donald Cerrone who has been lobbying for this matchup.
Rumor has it that UFC featherweight champ Max Holloway could be coming up to the lightweight division, which would make for an exciting matchup with Conor.
One thing is for sure, as much as it would be great for Nasukawa to get another solid payday, Conor McGregor won’t duplicate the farce that Mayweather perpetrated a week ago. The most that Tenshin can hope for is a bottle of McGregor’s whiskey.
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