UFC welterweight Matt Brown has shared his thoughts on the recent rumors surrounding Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather and his upcoming bout against Demian Maia this weekend in Brazil.
The removal of Mcgregor from the landmark UFC 200 card this July leaves the featherweight champion with options and it didn’t take long for the Irishman to be paired alongside undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The rumors set off a media storm that left the fans and fighters torn on the idea of MMA mixing it up with boxing. Brown touched on the subject when speaking to Steve Cofield on SiriusXM Fight Club(via MMA Fighting) recently.
“[McGregor] will never beat Mayweather in his life at boxing. He could train for his whole life, I mean there’s guys like Canelo or Pacquiao – guys who have trained their entire life only boxing – they’re some of the best boxers in the world and didn’t come close to beating Mayweather.
“McGregor’s not even that good of a boxer. I don’t know why people would even think that this fight should be made. It’s insane to me because he’s not even really a good boxer. You have to be an insanely good boxer to even hang with Mayweather. I think it’s kind of disrespectful to Mayweather. You know it’s just a lot of talk … the two of them just want to stay in the news and be relevant still. Maybe if they do make it it’s for a money thing. It’s not really an interesting fight by any means.”
Away from the speculation regarding the brash Irishman, Brown is preparing for his own war against Demain Maia at UFC 198 tomorrow night. The winner could find themselves within reach of a welterweight title fight in a division teeming with title contenders.
If “The Immortal” does manage to brush aside the Brazilian, he’ll join a queue of fighters ready to jump into the octagon with current champion Robbie Lawler, who is set to face Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 later this year.
Brown was asked about Woodley receiving a title shot and seemed confused to why a fighter so inactive could be given such a chance.
“If you’re not in there being active you should drop in the rankings. You should. That’s the natural course of things. I dropped two or three spots in the rankings and I can’t complain about that. It’s not the wrong thing to happen,” Brown said.
“Why should I be over someone that’s been fighting? I think Ty Woodley is a perfect example. Somehow he’s getting this title shot and completely undeservedly so. There’s no reason whatsoever when you’ve been inactive for that long.”
Speaking on Maia, Brown is confident his hard-working mentality will be enough to get his hand raised. It won’t be easy, Maia has arguably the best ground game in MMA but Brown believes the extended time off will do him wonders once the cage door closes.
“What happens in your life is just all about how you take it. I turn it all into positivity and I believe I’m gonna come back this Saturday and be the best Matt Brown you’ve ever seen and that’s because I took this time and used it positively.”
James McDonald, Pundit Arena
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