Boxing star Tyson Fury’s recent claims that he is interested in having an MMA fight before the end of the year has left UFC President Dana White puzzled more than excited.
In fact, in a new interview with TMZ, White goes as far as to advise Fury to stay focused on his boxing career instead.
“Tyson Fury is a very marketable heavyweight; I believe he’s one of the best in the world, the top four right now,” White told TMZ. “He’s an incredible fighter, and promoted the right way, could be a part of three or four of the biggest fights in heavyweight history. Why come over here and get smashed?”
“Tyson Fury, your time is now. You’re the man in boxing. You’re one of the top four guys in the world in boxing. Why even think about coming over here?”
That being said, White acknowledges that if Fury had an interest in fighting for the UFC, that it’s certainly something he’d consider – he just doesn’t think it’s the right career move for the former champion.
“Listen, anything is possible. If Tyson Fury wants to fight in MMA, I got a ton of guys that would love to fight him. I just don’t know why. I can’t wrap my head around why, and I shouldn’t be saying – I should be saying, ‘Oh, yeah, we love Tyson Fury. Bring him over,’ and all this (expletive), but now I’m looking at both sports. Three years ago, before I was looking at boxing, I’d be like, ‘Oh, yeah, send me Tyson Fury. I love it.’”