- Tyson Fury is just the latest boxer to tease a potential UFC crossover.
- But unlike most, Fury is willing to leave the boxing ring to test his skills in the UFC’s Octagon.
- There’s a lot of evidence out there that this is more than just Fury chasing headlines.
Before Conor McGregor came along, the idea of UFC fighters competing in boxing was considered little more than a sideshow diversion.
No matter how good you may be in your chosen sport, crossing over into another seemed like a quick path to embarrassment. But McGregor proved that you could not only cross over and make a lot of money, but you could also walk away from a loss with your reputation intact.
So it should come as no surprise that since McGregor vs. Mayweather, there’s a whole lot of MMA fighters asking UFC President Dana White to let them box… and a lot of boxers asking White to let his MMA fighters box them! But shockingly, not many boxers want to meet MMA fighters on their turf. Until now.
Tyson Fury Wants to Fight in the UFC, and He Sounds Pretty Serious
Some boxers have mentioned stepping into the cage, but wisely drop the talk lest someone take them up on the offer.
Fury has been toying publicly with the idea of an MMA bout as far back as 2011, but something seems to have happened recently that crystallized the idea in his mind. For the past two months, a UFC run has come up in most interviews he’s had, even with a massive rematch against Deontay Wilder lined up for February 2020.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 27, 2019
“I’ve got something big coming up after this, even bigger than this,” Fury told Sky Sports as he prepared for his WWE debut at 2019’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia. “We might see Tyson Fury have his MMA debut this year too. It’s different, but like I say, Tyson…