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Floyd Mayweather to Sign With UFC?

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. could bring his unique talents to the world of mixed martial arts.

Per ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto, UFC President Dana White said the MMApromotion is talking to Mayweather about a deal:

“We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal. It’s real. He was talking about [boxing] Conor McGregor. Was that real? Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren’t real? He usually tips his hand when he’s in the media and then that s–t ends up happening.

“We’re interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility. Mayweather vs. McGregor f–king happened. Anything is possible.”

White and Mayweather got to know each other well when they were negotiating a deal that allowed McGregor to step into a boxing ring against the undefeated superstar.

During a Dec. 12 live stream on Instagram, via Fight Hype, Mayweather said UFC had offered him a “three- or four-fight deal in the Octagon [to] make a billion dollars.”

Following his win over McGregor on Aug. 26, Mayweather said his boxing career was over.

“You won’t see me in the ring no more,” Mayweather said, via Fernanda Prates and John Morgan of MMAjunkie. “Any guy that’s calling me out? Forget it. I’m OK. I had a great career. I had a tremendous career.”

Mayweather is 40 years old and has never competed in mixed martial arts. He is always in search of ways to make money. His boxing match with McGregor earned the second-biggest pay-per-view numbers ever with 4.3 million buys, behind only his 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao (4.6 million).

Bringing Mayweather to the UFC and setting up a potential rematch with McGregor in the MMA world could lead to another massive buyrate that would be financially beneficial to everyone involved.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.