Boxing Knockout Artist Gervonta Davis Sending Signals That He Wants to Fight in the UFC…
This would be sensational. Gervonta Davis is being linked to a move to the UFC. He’s one of the most exciting young boxers in the world right now. The Baltimore native is widely considered to be Floyd Mayweather’s protege and the pair are known to have a close relationship.
Davis has held the IBF junior lightweight title and has a boxing record of 19-0, with eighteen wins by knockout. While Mayweather is renowned for his defensive boxing skills, Davis is known for his aggressiveness. It’s very difficult to stand and face him without ending up unconscious.
Now though Davis appears to be actively considering a move to the world of mixed martial arts. Since Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather faced off last August in the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the world of combat sports has changed. Fighters recognize that facing an opponent from outside their discipline could be a very good way of making a lot of money.
It all started when Gervonta Davis decided to stir things up on Twitter. What would the modern fighter do without being able to share their thoughts with the world so easily? Davis wrote:
“I think I want to fight in the UFC.”
Plain and simple. It’s an interesting way of getting your name out there and time will tell if Davis is actually interested in stepping into an octagon. Naturally, the entire MMA world got excited by the thoughts of it. Sure Davis isn’t the biggest name in boxing yet, but he’d definitely be a lucrative opponent. It probably won’t happen in 2018, as he is due to fight Jesus Cuellar in April.
I think I want to fight in the UFC
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) March 10, 2018
Could it Happen?
The biggest question is whether or not Davis was just trolling. What are the chances of him transferring his skills to an octagon? Well at 23 years old, he’s proven that he’s an elite striker so there would surely be more chance of him doing it than 41-year-old Floyd Mayweather.
Allegedly UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is coaching Mayweather In the different skills required to be a successful MMA fighter. There’s definitely no reason why Davis couldn’t get the best to guide him. Of course, it could all just be a way of driving up publicity and making a name for himself.
Laugh Out Loud
Needless to say, Davis got a lot of responses from active UFC fighters. Not many of them were taking him seriously. UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway responded by saying:
“you can become a comedian too.”
That pretty much says it all. Is Davis realistically going to fight in the UFC? That’s hard to answer right now, but stranger things have happened. One thing that is certain is that there will be more fights between boxers and mixed martial artists in the future. McGregor vs Mayweather will not be the last of it. There is just too much money to be made.