Woodley: Mayweather To Begin MMA Training Next Week
Whether Chael Sonnen believes it is real or not, both Floyd Mayweather and Tyron Woodley claim he’s getting ready for a debut in the octagon.
“I talked to Floyd yesterday actually,” Woodley told TMZ Sports. “He’s in Miami right now and we’re coordinating dates on training. . .
“We’re beginning the process of setting up the timing. I think more of it is gonna be game-planning strategy over the phone and talking about the game-plan of training, because if you think about the wrestling, if you think about the jiu-jitsu, if you think about the kicking aspect of the game, he does not have to go out there and learn how to kick like Bruce Lee. He does not have to go out there and become a black belt overnight, he just has to be able to stop it and get in boxing range and I think anybody in the UFC, he’s gonna be able to handle his own with.”
Mayweather in an interview with Fight Hype claimed that he has been preparing for the endurance he’d need for MMA,
“I started training already,” said Mayweather. “Not the physical part, just the endurance part. I’m thinking about fighting in MMA. I’ve thought about it. I started training in Miami. I look forward to fighting probably at the end of the year. We don’t know. Right now it’s 50/50, it’s not 100 percent but I’ve already started training. . . I really don’t know yet but I’m very, very interested. We’ll just see. Everything takes time. Everything takes time.”
Even though Sonnen claimed to TMZ that Mayweather would be returning to boxing, Woodley claims that he and Mayweather are going to put work in at the gym to help transition Mayweather’s game into the Octagon. The first step per the UFC welterweight champion, takedown defense.
“I think, obviously, his striking is bar-none some of the best we’ve ever seen in the sport,” said Woodley. “Anybody who has the ability to evade a punch in a fraction of a second, I think, with proper repetition and proper drilling can avoid a takedown wrestling attempt. So that’s obviously gonna be the primary goal, to equip him with the tools to not get taken down and if he happens to get taken down, how to keep his cool and how to get his butt back up to his feet and get back where he needs to be.”
When asked about if a rematch with Conor McGregor is in his future, Mayweather wouldn’t say yes, but most certainly wouldn’t say no if the money was right.
“I can’t really say how things are gonna play out,” said Mayweather. “I’m a numbers man. I’m all about the numbers. If the numbers like [a McGregor rematch], we can make it happen.”