Undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) announced his retirement from boxing following a lucrative match against UFC champ Conor McGregor back in August. Since then he has been teasing a transition to MMA and posted a video of himself standing in an MMA cage. Many started to believe that the opponent for Mayweather would be his former rival, Conor McGregor.
In mid-December, UFC president Dana White went on record to say it is the only sensible move to make if they were to set up a rematch against Conor McGregor under UFC rules.
Not long ago, Mayweather announced he will begin training for a transition into MMA-need six- to eight-month for preparation.During a recent UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 1 appearance, UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley discusses the possibility of training Mayweather for an MMA fight:(Via MMAFighting)
“Blocking kicks is really easy,” explained Woodley. “Once you get to the point where Floyd Mayweather is at, you can see that his boxing, his defense, his ability to see a punch coming in a fraction of a second and avoid or evade that punch, comes from repetition. Drilling over and over and over again. So that’s all we would have to do to utilize blocking kicks.
“If you look at mixed martial arts as a sport, there are guys that are in the UFC that don’t have a four out of five in their wrestling or jiu jitsu, so therefore, it’s not kinda crazy that someone with some of the best boxing we’ve ever seen may be able to hold his own.
“Obviously, every round starts on the feet, every fight starts on the feet, and if you can keep it on the feet, I think that he can hold his own with pretty much anyone in that weight division. My job is to really just help him avoid being taken down, using angles, using footwork, using defense, how to get back up if he gets taken down.”
“You think for one second I’m gonna be in Floyd Mayweather’s camp and I’m not gonna tighten up my boxing and get my hands ready to go?” said Woodley. “There’s gonna be a crossover in there. So I wouldn’t be second fiddle at all, it’s just a pivotal part of the sport where a boxing great decides to maybe come over to the octagon and see what he can do on that side and it’s an honor that they would consider me to do that.”
Last month, Mayweather’s Uncle Jeff said Floyd’s possible MMA run and fighting McGregor inside the Octagon would be a lot of struggle, especially if the fight was taken to the ground. However, he believes Mayweather has a chance to pull an upset if he kept the bout within boxing range.
Nothing is confirmed yet, as UFC has to officially announced if they are signing a contract with boxing legend.