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Mayweather Set as a 2018 UFC Longshot

Mayweather Set as a 2018 UFC Longshot - Bovada Sportsbook

Floyd Mayweather Jr. established himself as a legend in the squared circle with a perfect 50-0 professional boxing record, and has publicly mused about reviving his career as a mixed martial artist. But despite recent claims of being offered a billion-dollar contract to compete in the UFC, “Money” is pegged as a +500 underdog to see UFC action in 2018.

Mayweather hung up his gloves for the first time in September 2015, but returned to the ring to face UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a 12-round clash in August. Mayweather showed few signs of rust while welcoming McGregor to the sweet science with a 10th-round TKO victory as heavy -350 chalk, and reportedly earned as much as $500 million from the record-setting pay-per-view event.

While such a massive payday likely made it an easy decision for the legendary pugilist to come out of retirement, it remains far from clear whether the UFC could afford to meet such a huge asking price, or who the 40-year-old would face in his UFC debut.

Two reportedly leading candidates to welcome Mayweather to the octagon include McGregor and Canadian UFC star Georges St-Pierre.

“The Notorious” has yet to return to UFC action since falling to Mayweather last summer. The Irishman quickly emerged as the UFC’s biggest draw with victories in his first seven octagon appearances including a stunning knockout of long-time champion Jose Aldo as a -105 underdog, just 13 seconds into their battle for the UFC featherweight crown at UFC 194.

McGregor later went on to record a TKO win over Eddie Alvarez as a -170 bet at UFC 205 to claim the UFC lightweight championship, a title he will likely have to defend before considering a caged rematch with Mayweather.


St-Pierre Future in the UFC is in Doubt

St-Pierre also looked in top form in his recent return to UFC action following a four-year layoff. The 36-year-old Montreal native recorded his first submission victory in a decade to take the UFC middleweight title from Britain’s Michael Bisping as a +100 underdog at UFC 217. But a recent diagnosis of ulcerative colitis forced GSP to vacate the title after a short 33 days and leaves his combat sports future, and any potential clash with Mayweather, in doubt.

With St-Pierre taking a step back, Australian Robert Whittaker has ascended to UFC middleweight champion and is reportedly open to a clash with Mayweather. But with Whittaker already preoccupied with his upcoming title defense against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221, in which he is pegged at odds of -185, Mayweather remains a short -900 bet not to make an octagon appearance in 2018.


*Odds as of December 20, 2017