Floyd Mayweather has announced that he is aligning with the Rizin Fighting Federation, a Japanese mixed martial arts company, and will fight kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa at the organization's year-end show on New Year's Eve in Japan.
"I wanted to display my skills outside the US and be in a special fight", Mayweather said at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday.
Since defeating Conor McGregor in a boxing ring past year, Floyd Mayweather has continuously teased participating in a mixed martial arts fight, regularly suggesting he would take on McGregor in a rematch or set a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov. After winning a Bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Mayweather turned pro and never looked back.
In an interview on Saturday, the 41-year-old said he would be comfortable fighting under any format.
Nasukawa is a 20-year-old, undefeated 27-0 kickboxer who most recently beat former UFC title contender Kyoji Horiguchi under kickboxing rules at RIZIN FF 13 on September 30.
The exact rules of the bout have not yet been set, but RIZIN has told fight fans to "stay tuned" as details are hopefully soon to follow.
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"As far as the weight class and the rules, we will talk about that and will get that situated within the next couple of weeks", he said.
RIZIN 14 is scheduled for December 31, 2018, live from the famed Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Ariel Helwani said tonight that the rules and weight still had to be worked out. Mayweather apparently isn't too anxious about the weight class.
Regardless of the final rules of the bout, the move makes a potential rematch with McGregor or a fight against Nurmagomedov much more likely than it felt just days ago.
Mayweather has not stepped in the ring since his 2017 boxing bout with Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, which took the American's professional record to 50-0. Are you excited to see it?
Mayweather, who makes it a point to regularly bring up how much money he will make for his fights, did not discuss his pay for the event. If I see an opportunity to make $300 million in 36 minutes why not, ' he said after that fight in Las Vegas.