After huge payday in Floyd fight, should McGregor still return to MMA?

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 29 2017 03:37 PM

Floyd Mayweather Jr. lands a hit against Conor McGregor during a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

After getting through his much-talked-about boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr., should Conor McGregor still return to mixed martial arts?

For Andrew Benibe, a former URCC bantamweight champion, McGregor's return to UFC is "doubtful."

“I mean you have a $100-million paycheck then you go back to UFC to get a measly $3 million? Huwag na lang 'di ba?” said Benibe in an interview on ANC’s "Hardball" on Monday.

Instead of going back to MMA, Benibe said McGregor should try setting himself up for other super fights that will guarantee him another huge payday.

One fight he should consider is having a go against revered Muay Thai fighter Buakaw Banchamek, Benibe noted.

“I think McGregor can pull off his antics, maybe claim that he's a better kicker than Buakaw from Thailand and have it in Japan and earn more millions,” he said.

Regarding McGregor’s 10th round defeat against Mayweather, Benibe admitted that it didn’t live up to the hype. “But it was pretty much entertaining,” he quickly added.

He said McGregor clearly went back to his instincts as an MMA fighter while trading punches with Mayweather.

“He does reverse punches, he was taking Floyd Mayweather's back, using arm drags for wrestling... instinct came in and it wasn't really that good to see, but he did well,” said Benibe.

The disparity of boxing skills between Mayweather and McGregor was also obvious, he said.

“You can't beat 32 years of boxing of Mayweather with just two months of training, right?”

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