Tyron Woodley Plans to Help Floyd Mayweather Prepare for MMA Crossover
If Floyd Mayweather is serious about crossing over to mixed martial arts, he’s got a standing offer from one of the best fighters in the sport to help him do it.
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley says he ran into Mayweather during the NBA All-Star weekend when he chatted up the retired boxer, who has been teasing a transition into MMA for several months.
It’s still unclear just how serious Mayweather was about actually pursuing an MMA fight but Woodley claims that he’s offered to help him get ready should a real offer to crossover come his way.
“I saw him at the Jordan party during [NBA] All-Star weekend. We started chatting about training MMA and we decided hey man, let’s connect, let’s hook up in Vegas and do some training and get him ready for MMA,” Woodley revealed when speaking to TMZ about his encounter with Mayweather.
While most believe that Mayweather would be a heavy underdog against any experienced fighter in the UFC — much less going up against lightweight champion Conor McGregor — Woodley feels like he could get the 41-year old fighter ready for the Octagon in a short amount of time.
“Floyd Mayweather’s one of the best strikers of all-time,” Woodley said. “How many guys in the UFC that can’t wrestle and can’t grapple that consider themselves a standup fighter, but they have to stand across one of the greatest strikers ever, they gonna be in a world of smoke.”
Woodley says plans are in motion to meet up with Mayweather in Las Vegas to help him prepare for a potential fight and he wouldn’t need more than ‘maybe two and a half months’ to get him ready — assuming he’s not facing a wrestler or high level grappler in his UFC debut.
Woodley even goes as far as saying he could get Mayweather ready to beat McGregor in MMA if that’s the fight that happens.
“I think he has a chance for sure,” Woodley said about the potential matchup between Mayweather and McGregor.