Nasukawa to McGregor: ‘I promise to avenge your loss’
Conor McGregor’s plight has found a champion in kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa. The unbeaten Japanese fighter has promised the ‘Notorious’ Irishman that he’ll defeat Floyd Mayweather since the UFC superstar couldn’t.
Never the man for subtlety outside the cage, Conor McGregor leapt at the news of Floyd Mayweather’s upcoming ‘special rules’ bout against Tenshin Nasukawa with his typical flare.
“Who is this little prick next to you?” McGregor gibed, posting a photo of Mayweather and Tenshin at the RIZIN.14 fight announcement on Instagram. “That’s mad sh-t. Like something out of rush hour 5 or something. Chris Tucker and Jackie f-cking Chan back in this b-tch.”
Perhaps McGregor was slightly put out that his own plans for a ‘modified rules’ Mayweather rematch seem to have taken a back seat to Floyd’s other plans. “If he has the bottle to come over and do it, like he said he would, like he said he has,” McGregor said, when asked if he was interested in a second Mayweather fight back in October. “So let’s see, I don’t necessarily think he does. But we’ll see what happens. I would also like to box him again. Everything is being discussed.”
Even if those discussions don’t appear to be happening any time soon, however, that doesn’t mean that McGregor can’t still get a win back, vicariously. In response to McGregor’s Instagram post, Tenshin sent out his own olive branch to the former UFC ‘champ champ.’ And with it, an offer to do what the Irishman couldn’t.
“Hello, Mr. McGregor,” Nasukawa wrote on Twitter. “My name is Tenshin Nasukawa. I am not Jackie Chan. I promise to avenge your loss, so please watch my fight.”
Who knows, maybe he could even get RIZIN to comp McGregor a couple ringside seats for the bout, just so he gets the chance to take it all in, in person.
RIZIN.14 takes place on December 31st at the Saitama Super Arena, in Saitama, Japan. The event will be headlined by the mixed rules contest between Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa. Kyoji Horiguchi is also expected to compete at the event, but an opponent has not yet been announced.