“I want to go to Tokyo to face Tenshin Nasukawa in a Mixed Martial Arts exhibition bout,” the post read. “Before this summer. Please arrange this, this instant. Yours sincerely, the champ champ.”
McGregor signed off the post by tagging his management company, Paradigm, and the UFC.
The Dubliner’s framing of the suggested bout as an exhibition was likely a nod to the Japanese kickboxer’s ill-fated boxing exhibition against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on New Year’s Eve at Rizin 14 in which he was finished in the first round after being dropped on three occasions.
McGregor suffered a 10th-round loss to Mayweather in his boxing debut last August. He returned to the Octagon in October of last year at UFC 205 and succumbed to a rear-naked choke in the fourth round of his main event lightweight title showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
UPDATE: Nasukawa has taken to Twitter himself to address the challenge, suggesting that the two meet in a 58-kilogram (approx. 128 pounds) kickboxing match instead.
Dear Mr. McGregor. @TheNotoriousMMA— 那須川 天心 (@TeppenTenshin) January 7, 2019
Thank you very much for remembering my name. I’m honored that you would even consider fighting me.
58kg, kickboxing rules would probably get us in the ring sometime in the near future pic.twitter.com/BTgVVnwXLA
“Thank you very much for remembering my name,” Nasukawa wrote. “I’m honored that you would even consider fighting me.”
The 20-year-old’s comments appear to be in jest, given that McGregor has never competed at a lower weight than 145 pounds in his career.
“I will fight [for] my RISE world GP this year, so please watch your diet and wait for me!” Nasukawa added.