Garbrandt: I would knock McGregor the F@$% out in boxing
Conor McGregor boxed Floyd Mayweather and made about $100 million and that naturally set off a flurry of interest in potential MMA star vs. boxer match ups. During a recent appearance on ESPN’s Five Rounds podcast, UFC men’s bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt even discussed boxing McGregor.
“I think going in a boxing ring with Conor would be great, or in MMA,” he said, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “No ill will towards the guy but I actually believe I’m a better boxer. I feel like I’m one of the best boxers in the UFC.
“I’ll go in there and knock Conor the f*** out in a boxing ring, just to be honest. There’s no difference, southpaw, orthodox, that guy could come out and fight on his hands for all I give a f***. I would knock him out, that’s it. I have the best boxing in the game, in the UFC, and I’m ready to showcase it on another level.”
Garbrandt has a signed fight however, vs. former training partner T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217 on November 4, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
“I’ve got T.J. ahead of me,” said Garbrandt. “He’s a great adversary, great opponent to level up, to go to that next level with a great masterclass performance . . . I’m excited to go in there and take out T.J., and whoever else – Mighty Mouse, Conor. You can give me top boxers, Adrien Broner, Mikey Garcia, all those guys. I would love to get in the ring with them. 130 pounds up to 147 pounds, I’ll step in the ring with any of them.”
However, with a win over Dillashaw, the fight Garbrandt wants is vs. the UFC P4P champion Demetrious Johnson, at flyweight.
“I think it’s the fight to make after I demolish T.J., to go down to 125 pounds and become a two-weight world champion,” said Garbrandt. “That would be strictly business for me to go down there and do that, no ill will towards Demetrious . . . That just would be for my career and my legacy – and for him too. He needs a big fight. He needs someone [to fight].
“I can easily make 125 pounds. I don’t walk around too heavy and I think that would be a great fight . . . Dominick Cruz and T.J. can fight for an interim title, I’ll go down to 125, and then beat up the winner of that. That’s how I see it playing out.”