The out of nowhere announcement of all out of nowhere announcements was announced last night as Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa will take place at Rizin 14 on New Year’s Eve.
Every year since their existence, Rizin Fighting Federation has held their biggest events on New Year’s Eve. And after two already incredible shows with Rizin 11 and Rizin 13, it was going to take something massive to top those for the end of 2018.
To say they’re off to a good start in the building of this year’s card, Rizin 14, would be an understatement.
No one would have predicted that arguably the greatest boxer of all time would be returning to take on Japan’s current best striking sensation. And if you did, you’re probably psychic.
Two lengthy undefeated records, young prodigy vs experience and wise master. It’s a crazy combat sports world in 2018, check out how the MMA community reacted to the news.
Floyd asked about the ruleset. “I’m not really worried about the rules.” You don’t have the balls to fight this kid in anything but boxing. pic.twitter.com/KFvk1nBLQU
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 5, 2018
I’ll absolutely win.
Cuz I born to change the world with this fist.
Who’s gonna fight together with me as Team Tenshin?
See you at RIZIN. #TeamTenshin#RIZIN14#Cygames#mayweathertenshin pic.twitter.com/ftg1AB1hgH
— 那須川 天心 (@TeppenTenshin) November 5, 2018
We have to be living in the strangest time in combat sports history.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) November 5, 2018
— Din Thomas (@DinThomas) November 5, 2018
Am I having a weird, dumb dream? Please say I am. https://t.co/Iu661MDaJD
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) November 5, 2018
I hope everyone realizes this fight will be about as LEGIT as Macho man vs The Ultimate warrior in a WWE match. #scripted 🙄 https://t.co/gfKSn0iNrb
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) November 5, 2018
Wow! Floyd Mayweather to Japan to fight @RizinFF?!
— #CyborgNation #UFC232 (@criscyborg) November 5, 2018
I’m sure many of you combat sports fans have heard that @floydmayweather has signed to face @tenshin.nasukawa in Japan on New Years Eve. 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. 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.
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.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/5/2018