Rizin Fighting Federation has long been an exciting MMA promotion from Japan, which often tends to serve as a good reminder of the former glory days of Pride MMA. It was founded and started by the former Pride Fighting Championships founder Nobuyuki Sakakibara in September 2015. Since its launch, Rizin has definitely come a long way, with the legendary retired professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. also competing in the organisation. However, Rizin has now announced that it might be on the verge of another exciting team-up.
RIZIN CEO Sakakibara confirmed in a recent interview given to Tokyo Sports that he is not working with Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao anymore, but is also instead working on potentially working with the former UFC champ champ Conor McGregor. Here’s what he had to say:
It’s quite strange, it ’s a new innovation. I feel like creating a new competition that is different from mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and professional wrestling. Mayweather had a surprise appearance last year, but it is difficult to develop something new from there. Pacquiao is also an active title holder. It’s more of a stakeholder who contributes to mixed martial arts and innovation than the two [boxers], like Connor McGregor or Oscar De La Hoya.
We (Rizin and Conor McGregor) can do something together, the most famous mixed fighter in the world.