The UFC’s highly-decorated and severely underrated flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson has given his own expert opinion on how a boxing match between the undefeated Floyd Mayweather and the MMA icon Conor McGregor would go down.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is a man who knows a thing or two about top-level combat sports. For years now, he has dominated the UFC’s 125lb division, dispatching every single contender that has been laid out in front of him. At nine title defences, he is just one fight away from equaling the record of the mighty middleweight Anderson Silva and two fights away from cementing himself as the most dominant champ the promotion has ever seen.
In his last fight, he overcame an early scare to defeat the unorthodox Ultimate Fighter winner, Tim Elliot and despite not having any bouts scheduled for him in the near future, he remains adamant that he will continue to defend his belt until he breaks the legendary Brazilian’s record.
Johnson is known for his extreme attention to detail both in his preparation and his in-octagon performance. His ‘fight IQ’ is perhaps among the most astute in MMA today and with that in mind, it was interesting to hear his thoughts on the highly-anticipated, but yet-to-be-confirmed boxing match-up between the Notorious Conor McGregor and the unbeaten legend, Floyd Mayweather.
Though many have dismissed McGregor’s chances in such a match-up, the UFC’s flyweight champion – in an interview with UFC on FOX, showed a bit more faith in the Irishman, but maintained he should defend his lightweight title first.
“For me personally, as a sports fan and a fan of mixed martial arts and combat sports in general, I’d like to see Conor defend his belt. I think Conor has a good chance to beat him [Floyd].
“You know, obviously Floyd is a master at not getting hit and he’s also good about fighting southpaws because he’s right-handed. I think Conor has a fight, but I’m still going to go with Floyd.”
Another day, another opinion on this fight we may not even ever get to see, but with that being said, Mighty Mouse’s opinion does hold more merit than the usual perspective given his own accomplishments. I suppose only time will tell how real of a match-up this turns out to be, but with yet another high-profile name giving McGregor a puncher’s chance, perhaps do not be too quick to rule him out just yet.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena