Conor McGregor sets sights on big money fight with Tenshin Nasukawa

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Conor McGregor set his stall out on Twitter last night as he announced his wish to face Floyd Mayweather’s victim Tenshin Nasukawa in an MMA bout.

The Japanese kick-boxer Nasukawa recently fought in a boxing exhibition against Mayweather on New Year’s Eve.

Unfortunately, the fight in which both fighters were undefeated in their respective fields going in, was in the end extremely one sided, with the American requiring only 139 seconds to defeat his inexperienced opponent. 

Nasukawa has never fought in an MMA bout before, but McGregor’s wish was likely to be inspired by the New Year’s Eve fight in which Mayweather made a reported $13million.

This may suggest McGregor’s interest is money motivated more than anything else.

“I wish to go to Tokyo to face Tenshin Nasukawa in a Mixed Martial Arts exhibition bout,” the Irishman tweeted.

“Before this summer. Please arrange this, this instant.

"Yours sincerely The champ champ."

The Irish fighter himself fought Mayweather in a boxing fight in 2017 in what was a widely anticipated and financially rewarding fight for both competitors.

The 30-year-old took the fight to 10 rounds and looked competitive throughout against the American, who boasts a 50-0 undefeated professional boxing record.

McGregor reportedly collected a cool $100million from the bout, according to Forbes.

His plans for a fight against the 20-year-old kick-boxer may be hindered by his current unclear status, however. 

McGregor faces a disciplinary hearing on January 29 as a result of the disgraceful scenes inside and outside the Octagon after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October. 

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Another block is that McGregor could be forced into a competitive bout rather than a big-money exhibition.

UFC president Dana White said earlier this year if suspensions for the pair are short enough, he would like to see a rematch with the Russian Khabib.

As we know, though, McGregor isn’t a man to lie down easily and made his intentions clear in his tweet, tagging both the UFC and his management. 

If McGregor succeeds in his efforts to sort the fight, it’ll be interesting to see if Nasukawa can put up more of a fight than he did against Mayweather just over a week ago.

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