Floyd Mayweather to Fight Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14
You read that right. Floyd Mayweather and RIZIN in the same sentence. Floyd Mayweather was serious about stepping into the cage for an MMA fight. Announced at a press conference yesterday, Mayweather will be fighting on RIZIN 14 on December 31st against kickboxing prodigy, Tenshin Nasukawa.
At the conference, the undefeated boxer said he has been training MMA for around five years and is looking forward to taking on the undefeated kickboxer. The rule set isn’t determined yet, but it’s widely assumed that it will be a modified rule set and not a pure MMA match.
Nasukawa is a bantamweight that is 27-0 in kickboxing and 4-0 in his MMA matches. He is also the current RISE featherweight world champion.
Mayweather is coming off of the second largest pay per view card in history with UFC super star, Conor McGregor. As everyone remembers, Floyd cruised to a victory with a 10th round TKO.
"What are the odds?"
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 1, 2018
Back in January, Mayweather teased an octagon appearance on his social media asking his followers, “What are the odds?” It’s safe to say that if Vegas put odds out on it, Floyd, as is custom, took the odds.
Still many questions
One question amongst fight fanatics, aside from the as to be determined rule set, is the weight. Nasukawa is 20 and fights at 135 pounds (60 kg). While Floyd Mayweather has been down that low, at his age he hasn’t cut down that much weight in years. Given Japan’s affinity for freak show fights, it’s entirely possible that this will be a loose open-weight or a catchweight bout.
The Asian market had made HUGE strides in the combat sports world in 2018. Along with RIZIN securing this monstrous fight, ONE Championship has made strides in the MMA world. With the recent signings of UFC vet Eddie Alvarez, the Askren-Mighty Mouse trade, signing of boxing world champion, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, as well as rumored signing of Sage Northcutt, Asia is becoming a powerhouse in the mixed martial arts world.