Over the last couple of months, Mayweather has been saying that he’s considering making a run in MMA, and as a result, there’s been no shortage of talk about him fighting Conor McGregor in the cage. Before Mayweather stopped McGregor in their boxing bout last August, he teased that he would fight the UFC lightweight champ under MMA rules next. But, of course, no one realistically thought Mayweather would do so.
Now, sure, chances are the a MMA bout between Mayweather and McGregor is a long shot. But, recently TMZ spoke with White, and he said that he and McGregor are “interested” in having the UFC champ fight Mayweather in the Octagon. In addition, White noted that last time they were interested in booking a bout with Mayweather, it took place.
Then, while discussing Mayweather’s preparation for a MMA fight and how a bout with McGregor would look like, White said this (quote via MMA Mania):
”Obviously he’s a very talented guy. But as far as the wrestling, nobody is going to learn how to wrestle in six to eight weeks. Years. It takes years of wrestling, martial arts, and combat sports training to be a mixed martial artist. Years.”
”He’s a defensive master with his hands, doing all this stuff. When somebody double legs you and drops you on your head, he doesn’t have the defense for that. Yeah, no.”
”The worst thing for Floyd with Conor is the kicks. He doesn’t have to worry about wrestling. Conor has a great submission game, but you don’t have to worry about any of that, you gotta worry about Conor’s kicks. Floyd’s never been kicked in the leg and he’s definitely never been kicked in the head.”
It’s for these reasons that some folks have questioned whether a MMA bout between McGregor and Mayweather should even be sanctioned, since the latter has next to no experience in several different, combat ranges. But, we all know that because of the ridiculous amount of money that would be generated with McGregor – Mayweather 2, some commission, somewhere, would sign off on it.