If Floyd Mayweather does the unthinkable and crosses into MMA, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson suggests he start small, literally.
Johnson was, as far as we can tell, the first big-name UFC fighter to publicly challenge the undefeated boxer to a bout in the octagon. On Wednesday, Mighty Mouse elaborated on a potential fight with Money, telling TMZ, “Floyd, come and beat up the smallest guy in the UFC, come try your hand.”
Johnson even suggested ways to make it easy on the 40-year-old boxer: He’d move up about 20 pounds to Mayweather’s weight class and throw in other advantages.
“I think it would go very well for me. Obviously it’s mixed martial arts, but I could even do a handicap, I don’t even need to grapple with him, I don’t even need to go to ground at all.
“I’ll get him in a clinch, bang up, hit him in the liver, kick him in the liver, kick at his legs.”
Johnson is serious about coming for the boxer’s liver.
“I’ll have to get at that liver, beat him up in a Muay Thai clinch. That’s how I’d do, because he likes to clinch a lot. You see it even in his boxing when he clinches. Once we initiate that clinch, I’m gonna throw a knee right to that liver.”
If Mayweather’s contract talks with UFC president Dana White do yield a fight, Money already has some prodigious MMA skills in his corner: those of welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
“Let me know when you need me to slide through—we’ll get you trained, get you ready,” said Woodley, who’s friends with the boxer.
“[Conor McGregor] makes sense, because Conor is really a stand-up fighter. … He’s not really a person that’s gonna do anything beyond boxing,” Woodley told TMZ. “He’s not gonna be wrestling you, he’s not gonna be grappling you. So for Floyd Mayweather, if I was coming into the sport to do MMA, that’s an opponent that I would, you know, I would want an opponent like that, a striker, versus someone that’s gonna wrestle him, kick him, or a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist.”