From past few months, undefeated pugilist, Floyd Mayweather has been teasing with a move to the mixed martial arts world, further fuelling talk of a rematch with former UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor.
Mayweather is so confident and believes he’d be able to acquire good takedown defense in six months. But The former UFC champion Vitor Belfort believes Mayweather doesn’t have a chance in UFC Octagon.
Vitor Belfort, a fellow former UFC light heavyweight champion, is slated to meet Lyoto Machida at the UFC’s upcoming pay-per-view event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 24 spoke with MMAFighting, about Mayweather’s potential UFC debut in Octagon, Vitor doubts Mayweather would win against any fighter in MMA:
“I think he doesn’t have a chance even against the young kids, 15, 14-year-olds. I don’t think he has a chance, no,” Belfort said. “He has a lot to learn on the ground, kicks. I think it’s an illusion (to say) that happens, unless it’s different rules or a fight in his world.
“With his arms, on his weight, he’s a phenom. Now, involving legs and other things, no chance.”
On being asked, if there are any other promotions out there can offer him good money what he considered a good pay to continue his fighting career:
“There are many (promotions),” Belfort said. “We have the Russian billionaires, millions of places. The UFC itself. The UFC has a lot of money, they only need to do cards that sell. A fight between me and Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, bring Randy Couture back. How wouldn’t that sell, the league of legends?”
“In reality, I’m in disadvantage today and they are in advantage,” Belfort said. “I have a hormone deficiency and everybody knows that. You can have a TUE, an exemption. They are in advantage against me. But it’s fine, it’s part of life. Sports have to chance a lot. People with deficiencies, asthma and other deficiencies, have the right to balance things.”
Belfort mentioned Mayweather again, isn’t he is already retired from boxing.
“Isn’t he the champion, undefeated?” said Belfort, suggesting that the boxing legend, who weighed 149.5 pounds for his fight with Conor McGregor in 2017, could move up in weight to face him, who currently fights at 185 pounds in the UFC. “We (can) fight Mayweather. I’ll wear bigger gloves, he (wears) a small one.”