It looks like Floyd “Money” Mayweather really could be considering a fight in the UFC’s Octagon if UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is someone you might believe.
Mayweather has been teasing fans that he will be making a mixed martial arts debut at some time in the future, with UFC president Dana White confirming back in December of 2017 that “it’s real”.
“If I want to, I can come right back to the UFC. I can go fight in the Octagon,” said Mayweather in an Instagram Live video. “I can do a three or four-fight deal in the Octagon and make a billion dollars. Remember, I’m Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, and you motherf*ckers love me, and I love you motherf*ckers.”
Now it seems that Mayweather really is preparing to make the walk to the octagon, with Woodley saying he’d recently hung out with Mayweather at a party and that Woodley had decided to help him prepare for a mixed martial arts bout.
“Floyd Mayweather is interested in taking a mixed martial art bout, maybe a few of them, so who better than ‘The Chosen One’ [Woodley] to teach him the ropes on how we get off the ropes and get in the cage,” said Woodley on the Hollywood Beatdown.
“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.”
What tactics and gameplans would Woodley implement, and how would he get the world’s greatest defensive boxer ready to fight men who are more than willing to take him to the ground, or take his head off with a high kick?
“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 defence…Then obviously he’ll decide which fight he wants to take, then we’ll gameplan out that.”
With Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor consistently taking shots at each other over social media, the possibility of seeing “Money” in the octagon before the year is done seems a lot less ludicrous than it did five years ago.
Check out Tyron Woodley talking about his training with Mayweather below and let us know what you think!