McGregor called out by kickboxing star who challenges him to mixed-rules fight

Conor McGregor has been challenged to a fight by one of kickboxing's biggest stars.

Superbon Banchamek, a three-time world champion, is currently ranked the No 3 lightweight in the sport and will return to action this weekend to take on Giorgio Petrosyan.

On the contrary, UFC star McGregor is still sidelined following his defeat to Dustin Poirier in July, during which the Irishman sustained a broken leg.

Who 'Notorious' will fight when he returns from injury remains unclear, with a fourth bout with Poirier or a long-awaited trilogy clash with Nate Diaz both being touted, while YouTuber Jake Paul has frequently goaded the Irishman about potentially facing him in a boxing ring.

But now Superbon, 31, has thrown his hat into the ring to face McGregor – but rather than either fighter switch codes entirely – he's proposing a mixed-rules fight.

It's a concept that fellow Thai fighter Rodtang Jitmuangnon will embrace when he faces ex-UFC star Demetrius Johnson in December – and Superbon thinks him and McGregor, 33, should follow suit.

"Well it's quite a new thing for me because I've never seen this kind of mixed rules fight before," he said, as quoted by Sportskeeda.

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"Rodtang is very good in Muay Thai while DJ is great in MMA so they've got the things that they need to do.

"If I have a chance i'd be interested too. I don't know when, but I'd love to do that. I haven't tried MMA yet – but if you asked me (who I'd like to fight), I'd say Conor McGregor, because I think I could beat him down!"

McGregor of course, his no stranger to experimentation, and in 2017 switched to boxing to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. Despite falling to defeat when he was stopped in the 10th round, McGregor reportedly earned around $130 million from the bout in Las Vegas.

Superbon is renowned for his striking ability, but his hopes of a money-spinning clash with the former lightweight and featherweight champion are unlikely to happen in the immediate future, given McGregor still has two fights left on his current UFC deal.

Despite his lay-off, McGregor has still been hitting the headlines for volatile antics, this week involved in a vulgar Twitter exchange with Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz.

During the row Mcgregor, who has since deleted his posts from the spat, told the Egyptian "when you die I celebrate."

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