Floyd Mayweather continues to tease a potential move from the boxing ring to the UFC Octagon in the future, but former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort doesn’t think he stands a chance against mixed martial artists.
Belfort, who competed in boxing before starting his MMA career in 1996 and fighting 40 times under MMA rules, told the Brazilian media during a Hangout session on Friday that he doubts Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers in history, would win against any fighter currently signed by the UFC.
“I think he doesn’t have a chance even against the young kids, 15, 14-year-olds. I don’t think he has a chance, no,” Belfort said. “He has a lot to learn on the ground, kicks. I think it’s an illusion (to say) that happens, unless it’s different rules or a fight in his world.
“With his arms, on his weight, he’s a phenom. Now, involving legs and other things, no chance.”
Belfort will return to the Octagon on May 12, facing Lyoto Machida in the last bout of his current deal with the promotion at UFC 224, and says he will retire from the sport unless he receives an offer that convinces him to continue fighting.
Asked if he believes there are enough promotions out there that can pay him what he would consider good enough money to continue fighting, Belfort sounded optimistic.
“There are many (promotions),” Belfort said. “We have the Russian billionaires, millions of places. The UFC itself. The UFC has a lot of money, they only need to do cards that sell. A fight between me and Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, bring Randy Couture back. How wouldn’t that sell, the league of legends?”
Competing outside the UFC could also give Belfort a chance to once again be on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), banned by the athletic commissions in the Unites States in 2014.
“In reality, I’m in disadvantage today and they are in advantage,” Belfort said. “I have a hormone deficiency and everybody knows that. You can have a TUE, an exemption. They are in advantage against me. But it’s fine, it’s part of life. Sports have to chance a lot. People with deficiencies, asthma and other deficiencies, have the right to balance things.”
Competing again in boxing is also a possibility, Belfort said, again mentioning Mayweather’s name.
“Isn’t he the champion, undefeated?” said Belfort, suggesting that the boxing legend, who weighed 149.5 pounds for his fight with Conor McGregor in 2017, could move up in weight to face him, who currently fights at 185 pounds in the UFC. “We (can) fight Mayweather. I’ll wear bigger gloves, he (wears) a small one.”