Katie Taylor set to make future MMA switch?

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Amateur boxing champion and former profess‭ional footballer, Katie Taylor is reportedly shown an interest in switching to MMA.

The 28-year-old is the current Irish, European, World and Olympic boxing champion at the 60kg division - which puts her around 132lbs and in the bantamweight division.

And now her coach has said the future could see Taylor shift into the ever growing world of Women's MMA.

Big money and big opportunities an obvious attraction

Speaking about the possibilities of a switch, Taylor's coach, John Kavanagh noted the success of Aisling Daly on The Ultimate Fighter as a factor.

"There's less women, maybe because they are smarter than us," he told the Irish Independent.

"It's definitely growing and there is a big scene in the States. Aisling Daly is a celebrity over there. She's very well known and featured on that reality tv show, The Ultimate Fighter Show."

Women's MMA is buzzing

He then spoke about Taylor showing an interest in MMA, which would be the third professional sport of her career.

"Katie Taylor has actually shown some interest in possibly training in mixed martial arts one day.

"I've been speaking to people, so who knows we might get her over after she wins her next championship."

Future rival for Rousey?

At 135lbs, Taylor would likely fit into the bantamweight division - the same division as Ronda Rousey - and with her boxing skills alone she would be a force.

Her time as a footballer gives her good strength in her legs for kicks as well, leaving only her wrestling ability as the hole in her game.

If Taylor was to round out her game and march through the division, a potential clash with Rousey would be huge with two Olympians of different combat sports meeting in the UFC.

Throw her onto a card with McGregor and you'll have a sure fire sell out in Ireland as well so with this news in mind, the UFC would be stupid to not start chasing Taylor.

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