Ronda Rousey on Floyd Mayweather Fighting in the UFC: ‘That Will Never Happen’

Floyd Mayweather is claiming that he's already training for a potential move into MMA but former UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey just isn't buying it.

Floyd Mayweather can talk all he wants about pursuing a fight in the UFC but former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey just isn’t buying it.

Just recently, Mayweather said there’s a ’50/50′ chance that he competes in the UFC before the end of the year and he’s already setting up training sessions alongside welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to get ready for a potential fight.

Despite all the talk and bluster coming from Mayweather about fighting in the UFC, Rousey doesn’t believe for a second that he’s actually considering coming out of retirement to then face a buzz saw against virtually any opponent he might get inside the Octagon.

“That’ll never happen. That will never happen. It’s all talk,” Rousey said about Mayweather’s interest in MMA when speaking to ESPN on Tuesday.

Rousey is no stranger to crossing paths with Mayweather after UFC president Dana White once touted that the women’s champion would make short work of the boxer if they ever stepped into the Octagon together. Add to that, Rousey has never held her tongue when it comes to Mayweather’s ugly history with domestic violence.

As far as actually attempting a move to MMA, Mayweather has gone as far as rating some of his fighting skills already — including giving himself a 7 out of 10 in wrestling — he’s admitted that there would be a lot to learn before actually taking a fight.

Whether he trains for the next six months or six years, Rousey doesn’t see a UFC fight going very well for Mayweather at all and that’s why she sees this as all smoke and mirrors from the former boxing champion.

“Different strokes for different folks,” Rousey said about Mayweather. “But I don’t think he’d do well in MMA at all.”


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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.