The idea of MMA fighters competing in boxing matches against high-level opponents and vice versa has been a topic of discussion for several years. It’s never been more prevalent than now, though, thanks to the looming potential showdown between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
Although McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) has never competed in boxing, his chances of being the first man to beat Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in the ring have been propped up by UFC President Dana White and even Mayweather himself. Opinions differ across the combat sports landscape, but most with an intimate knowledge of both sports seem to agree “The Notorious” has little to no chance of pulling off an upset.
Fellow UFC champ Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) said it’s only fair to be realistic when discussing the reality of what would happen if even the best MMA fighter entered a boxing ring. So when asked how he would fare in a showdown with heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua, “DC” provided as blunt and forthright an answer as one could give.
Despite Cormier’s stance, the MMA vs. boxing debate will certainly rage on.
The McGregor vs. Mayweather discussion is not going away regardless of whether they fight. Anderson Silva will not stop mentioning his dream match with Roy Jones Jr. And even the likes of UFC heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic and top contender Junior Dos Santos, who meet in Saturday’s UFC 211 pay-per-view headliner, will mention the desire to box someone like Joshua if given an opportunity.
At the end of the day the two sports are vastly different, though, and Cormier realizes that being a master in one provides no assurances of success in the other. He’s fine with that, because he knows if someone like Mayweather or Joshua tried to cross over into his world, the result would not be favorable