MMA: Mayweather to fight in Japan on New Year's Eve

MMA: Mayweather to fight in Japan on New Year's Eve

MMA: Mayweather to fight in Japan on New Year's Eve

However, his latest effort to remain relevant in the fighting world will take him away from the comfort of Las Vegas to Japan as he once again will take on a fighter from outside the world of boxing.

Floyd Mayweather will make his MMA federation debut on New Year's Eve when he takes on unbeaten kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan.

That victory improved his boxing record to a ideal 50-0, but the format or rules for his meeting with the baby-faced Nasukawa were not specified by the Japanese mixed martial arts promoters RIZIN.

The format and rules for his fight with Nasukawa are yet to be decided.

Floyd Mayweather is set to fight a 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer in a stunning development in the combat sports world.

"I wanted to display my skills outside the U.S. and be in a special fight".

Nasukawa, who is 4-0 in MMA and 27-0 in kickboxing, is listed at 5-foot-5, 125 pounds.

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Now it looks like Nasukawa will step onto the biggest stage of his career for a showdown against Mayweather on December 31 in Japan. "I'll do that with these fists, with one punch - just watch", the Japanese said. "But we told the people anything is possible, so now we're here and we want to make sure that we give the people in Tokyo what they want to see: blood, sweat and tears".

Rizin chairman Nobuyuki Sakakibara, who used to run the now-defunct Pride Fighting Championships promotional company, said they were still working out some of the details. I can box a lot a bit, ' said Mayweather.

Given that Floyd Mayweather has recently been linked to bouts with UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, and his long-time rival Manny Pacquiao, it would definitely be pretty surprising if he stepped into the RIZIN ring.

"I would probably say that this is my biggest event in life, so far", said Nasukawa.

'I can wrestle, I can wrestle a little bit. I want to be the man who changes history. Stay tuned for future news regarding the rules the bout will be contested under, as well as other match-ups for the card.

"I wanted to do something different".

Ariel Helwani said tonight that the rules and weight still had to be worked out.

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