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

Rizin will officially announce this news at a press conference that is unfolding presently in Tokyo, and broadcasting on the promotion's YouTube channel.

There's a long history of fighters, especially boxers, extending their careers long past when the likely should have - see: Jones Jr., Roy - but Mayweather is going in a new route with his post-initial retirement fight tour as he's taking the big check to take on fighters from other disciplines. He has won all four of his MMA fights. Tenshinhas a rematch with Taiki Naito at RISE 129 later this month.

That victory improved his boxing record to a flawless 50-0 but the format or rules for his meeting with Nasukawa were not specified by the Japanese promoters.

The fight will also mark the first time that Mayweather, a famous creature of habit, has fought outside of his adopted home of Las Vegas since his 2005 bout against Sharmba Mitchell at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

The legendary counter puncher has too many accolades to name. Mayweather holds numerous boxing titles under WBO, WBA, and WBC, to name a few. The five-division champion has defeated the likes of Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana, and Andre Berto.

Stay tuned for more information on this event as it becomes available.

RIZIN 14 is scheduled for December 31, 2018, live from the famed Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

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

"As far as the weight class and rules, we'll talk about that and get it situated within the next couple of weeks", Mayweather said.

This one came out of the blue.

"As far as the weight class, we're not really anxious about that".

Mayweather, who makes it a point to regularly bring up how much money he will make for his fights, did not discuss his pay for the event. Rizin's partnership with Mayweather and his The Money Team brand appears to go beyond this fight, but is unclear in its extent. Kudos to them and the fight will certainly carry intrigue. Mayweather said in the news conference that those details are still being hammered out. While the organizations were initially meant to co-exist independently with occasional crossover events, the UFC instead absorbed many of Pride's top fighters before folding the operation.

Mayweather, who stopped McGregor in the 10th round a year ago after coming out of retirement for a $275 million pay day, had been flirting with the idea of a rematch with the Irishman or facing fearsome Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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