The combat sports community is still abuzz after Rizin Fighting
Federation announced undefeated boxing star Floyd
Mayweather would square off against unbeaten kickboxer Tenshin
Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve.
The rules and weight class for the bout have yet to be determined,
leaving open the slight possibility that strikes beyond punches
will be allowed. However, most savvy observers realize that
Mayweather is unlikely to agree to anything — i.e. kicks, elbows,
submissions — that takes him outside his comfort zone.
Still, UFC analyst Joe Rogan couldn’t help but speculate as to what
might happen if Nasukawa was allowed to showcase his full skillset
“I don’t know what kind of ‘special rules’ they’re supposed to be
fighting under ,but I just like the fact that it’s going to happen
and that people get to google Tenshin’s name and see some of his
fights,” Rogan wrote on Instagram. “He’s a true striking genius. I
doubt Floyd is going to agree to any rules that allow Tenshin to
kick, but if he does it could be a terrible night for him. This kid
is the truth.”
Nasukawa currently owns a 27-0 kickboxing record, with 20 victories
coming by way of knockout. He is also 4-0 in MMA but has not
competed in professional boxing. Rizin 14 takes place on Dec. 31 at
Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.