McGregor issued instructions to the UFC and his management team that he wanted to face Nasukawa in an MMA exhibition match.
Nasukawa is recovering from an embarrassing exhibition boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, in which he was knocked down three times in the opening round before the bout was eventually stopped.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 7, 2019
McGregor now wants to fight the Japanese kickboxer, but Nasukawa wants to remain in his sport should he fight the Irishman.
He said: Dear Mr. McGregor, thank you very much for remembering my name.
Im honored that you would even consider fighting me. 58kg, kickboxing rules would probably get us in the ring sometime in the near future.
Dear Mr. McGregor. @TheNotoriousMMA
Thank you very much for remembering my name. Im honored that you would even consider fighting me.
58kg, kickboxing rules would probably get us in the ring sometime in the near future pic.twitter.com/BTgVVnwXLA
— 那須川 天心 (@TeppenTenshin) January 7, 2019
He added: I will fight my RISE world GP this year so please watch your diet and wait for me.
McGregor made the surprise demand on Monday, suggesting the contest should happen before the summer.
I wish to go to Tokyo to face Tenshin Nasukawa in a Mixed Martial Arts exhibition bout. Before this summer, McGregor said.
Please arrange this, this instant. Yours sincerely, the champ champ.
McGregor is awaiting the results of the Nevada State Athletic Commission into the post-fight brawl during his UFC comeback, but is expected to fight in the summer.
Nasukawa has a 4-0 MMA record, while he has a 28-0 kickboxing record, while McGregor has no experience in pro kickboxing.