It took a day or so, but Conor McGregor finally responded to the news that Floyd Mayweather will be fighting Tenshin Nasukawa this New Year’s Eve for RIZIN in Japan.
Just as he did during the buildup to his fight with Mayweather last year, McGregor chose to inject race into the conversation. McGregor compared Mayweather and Tenshin to the duo of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan from the “Rush Hour” film series.
“Who’s this little prick next to you ? That’s mad s—. Like something out of rush hour 5 or something. Chris tucker and Jackie f—ing Chan back in this bitch. F—ing brilliant.”
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Is that a tracksuit or a sauna suit Floyd haha wtf. is it hot in Tokyo or what’s the story here? that climate change is no joke fuck me hahah What in the fuck is going on here? Who’s this little prick next to you ? That’s mad shit. Like something out of rush hour 5 or something. Chris tucker and Jackie fucking Chan back in this bitch. Fucking brilliant. Mad little bastard you are Floyd. Fair fucks to you mate. No lie. Fuck it.
During a media tour for the Mayweather fight, McGregor responded to allegations of racism by saying “Do they not know I’m half black? I’m half black from the belly button down.”
Mayweather has offered no comment in response, but his opponent on New Year’s Eve did. In a tweet, Nasukawa wrote “Hello, Mr. McGregor. My Name is Tenshin Nasukawa. I am not Jackie Chan. I promise to avenge your loss, so please watch my fight.”
— 那須川 天心 (@TeppenTenshin) November 6, 2018
The announcement of Mayweather-Nasukawa came as a surprise to most Sunday night. Few details have been confirmed regarding the fight. Mayweather has an undefeated pro-boxing record after 50 fights, while Nasukawa is undefeated in both kickboxing and MMA. Mayweather has teased interest in competing in MMA, but anything less than a straight boxing match seems unlikely.
RIZIN 14 takes place on Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Broadcast details haven’t been released but RIZIN typically airs shows through the FITE TV app.