According to former UFC middleweight champion Chael Sonnen, Ronda Rousey should go ahead and take boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. up on his offer to help train her in her stand-up striking skills. At this point it wouldn’t hurt. Rousey, 29, has nothing to lose at all in being trained by Mayweather, and everything to gain.
The only question is how often would Mayweather be available to train Rousey. Mayweather is a jet-setter that travels a great deal. Would Rouey need to be trained by someone else while Mayweather is traveling or does the training simply stop during those periods? Does Rousey wind up traveling with Mayweather so that she can train wherever he goes?
Mayweather is a great fighter, but it’s not known if he would have the patience to train Rousey. Mayweather is a perfectionist, and it might be troubling to him to be suddenly training someone with such raw skills like Rousey, who fights like she’s had very poor training in the stand-up position.
If she’s been taught by the typical MMA coach, then she probably has been taught poorly. The MMA fighters are usually from wrestling and martial arts backgrounds. Those aren’t sports that help at all with striking. That’s not a knock on those sports, but they’re not good at boxing.
“Let Mayweather Train You!” said Sonnen via TMZ.com.
Mayweather has better boxing skills than anyone that could train Rousey. Can Rousey learn some of those skills? It’s going to be hard for her unless she totally puts all her energy into learning how to fight. That doesn’t mean Rousey is going to be able to take to the standup fighting. There tons of people that take up boxing, and they fight for years and years, and they’re still not good fighters. However, they learn enough to defend themselves in a fight against non-trained people.
If Rousey is going to be fighting other women with rudimentary skills in the UFC, then she should do quite well. Even Amanda Nunes looks very flawed with her boxing skills. The only reason she did well against Rousey is because she’s worse than her.