UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has claimed that he has agreed to help train Floyd Mayweather in mixed martial arts as the boxing star continues to contemplate the possibility of pursuing fights in the sport.
“Floyd Mayweather is interested in taking a mixed martial arts bout, maybe a few of them,” Woodley told the TMZ Sport’s show, ‘Hollywood Beatdown.’ “So who better than ‘The Chosen One’ to teach him the ropes on how we get off the ropes and get on the cage?”
“We’re getting it set up.”
Unlike many other experts, Woodley also believes that Mayweather would have a real chance of making a go it in the cage thanks to his world-class striking skills.
“Think about this: Floyd Mayweather’s one of the best strikers of all-time. How many guys in the UFC – they can’t wrestle and can’t grapple, but they consider themselves a stand-up fighter? They have to stand across one of the greatest strikers ever, they’re gonna be in a world of smoke.”
What’s even more surprising than that is Woodley’s claim that he could get ‘Money’ ready to compete in the cage in just two-and-a-half months.
“For (training) the kicks, he might need two or three weeks. For some of the wrestling defensive things, it’s gonna be very similar to boxing, because boxing has a lot of angles, a lot of head motion, a lot of using your great footwork. So it’s the same thing to stop the shot before it gets to us through footwork.
“I would say in total, maybe two and a half months.”
That all seems a bit far-fetched if the goal here is to fight Conor McGregor, but not so long ago Mayweather’s camp brought up CM Punk’s name as a potential opponent, and given that he’s still just an MMA novice himself, if that cringworthy match-up was made then anything could happen.