Miesha Tate, Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian all weighed in on the current trend of UFC fighters pursuing boxing fights yesterday on the ‘UFC Tonight’ show on Fox Sports 1.
Tate was on-board with the idea of UFC stars testing themselves in the squared circle, saying that it was good for both sports, while Florian said the only fighter who should attempt it is McGregor due to the amount of money on the table.
However, it was current UFC light-heavyweight champion Cormier who had the strongest opinion, and he pulled no punches as he warned that it could quickly become “embarassing” for both the fighters and the UFC if they test themselves against the best the sweet science has to offer under boxing rules.
“Look, James Toney fought in the UFC and got beat,” Cormier recalled. “We had no problem showing that footage over and over again of James Toney getting beat by Randy Couture.
“These boxing promoters will constantly show video of the heavyweight champion of the world, Stipe Miocic, getting slept by Anthony Joshua. Or Jimi Manuwa, come on Jimi, getting slept by David Haye.
“[McGregor] can actually go and fight Mayweather. He will lose. These dudes will get slept, it’s going to be embarrassing, so no, it is not good for the UFC.
“Hats off to you Conor McGregor, make your money, but don’t get slept!