Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Mayweather last fought UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in their blockbuster “Money Fight.” back in August 2017, where he knocked out Irishman in the tenth round. After bringing his pro boxing record to 50-0, Mayweather has since feigned retirement, while constantly teasing over the possibility of a UFC bout by posting a video of himself stepping into a mixed martial arts cage earlier this year. He even claimed the UFC had approached him about a potential MMA fight.
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley revealed during a recent episode on TMZ Sport’s The Hollywood Beatdown that he’s agreed to train Mayweather in the ways of the Octagon:
“Floyd Mayweather is interested in taking a mixed martial art bout, maybe a few of them, so who better than The Chose One to teach him the ropes on how we get off the ropes and get in the cage. I saw him at the Jordan party during the All-Star weekend, we started chatting about training MMA and we decided let’s connect, let’s hook up in Vegas and do some training. Get him ready for MMA. Y’all think it’s a joke but think about this: Floyd Mayweather’s one of the best strikers of all times. How many guys in the UFC that can’t wrestle, and can’t grapple and they consider themselves a stand-up fighter? If they have to stand across from one of the greatest strikers ever, they’re gonna be in a world of smoke.”
“We’re already getting it set-up. First thing we’ll work on is kicks. Blocking the kicks. There is no point in him trying to learn how to kick. Defending kicks, identifying when a body is about to throw a kick. No one can just suddenly, sneaky throw a kick besides like an [Edson] Barboza or Jose Aldo. […] Secondly, obviously defending takedowns. If he’s able to evade punches in a fraction of a second, make people look stupid and miss a million times, then he can learn wrestling defense. […] Then obviously he’ll decide which fight he wants to take, then we’ll gameplan out that.”
Woodley lay out the training strategy he is going to implement with Floyd Mayweather, teaching the pugilist how to identify when a foe would kick, and naturally, defending takedowns.
As for choosing a foe, Woodley said Conor McGregor would make for a fine opponent for Mayweather. He further added, Mayweather holds a distinct advantage inside the Octagon, despite having no experience in wrestling or grappling as he sees holes in the Irishman’s game that Mayweather could exploit and take advantage of.