Floyd Mayweather took the MMA community by storm by announcing his comeback to take on kickboxing sensation and technical prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa under the RIZIN banner in Saitama, Japan on December 31.
The specific rule set for the fight is yet to be announced. Nasukawa however is undefeated (27-0) in kickboxing and undefeated (4-0) in MMA as well. Nasukawa last defeated former UFC veteran and title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi in a kickboxing fight last September.
If MMA components especially kicks and takedowns or submissions are allowed, it could be a bad night for Mayweather keeping in mind the elite kickboxing background of Nasukawa. Mayweather will have to train according to the rule set. However if the rule set does go the MMA route, a man has hinted to offer a helping hand, none other than former UFC bantamweight king Dominick ‘The Dominator’ Cruz.
Cruz took to Twitter to post a picture of him speaking with Mayweather in San Diego, California, where Cruz resides. (via Twitter):
╳ Soo… You’re fighting MMA now?? 😄 #FloydMayweather ╳ .#DominickCruz #DomCruz #TeamCruz #CruzAlliance #UFC #MMA .
Snapchat | DomCruz619
Twitter | @DominickCruz
Web | https://t.co/0hAwOxEWI0 pic.twitter.com/JErbXo0DtS
— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) November 7, 2018
Cruz trains at the highly renowned Alliance MMA in Chula Vista, California under head coach Eric Del Fierro which serves as a training ground for many elite fighters like Jeremy Stephens, Cat Zingano, Jan Blachowicz, Ross Pearson, ONE FC heavyweight champion Brandon Vera and former Bellator champion Michael Chandler to name a few.
Mayweather has been out of action for around 15 months since his victory over arch rival Conor McGregor in a boxing super fight back in August 2017.