Tyson Fury Wants Boxing Fight In The UFC’s Octagon

Last last year heavyweight boxing star Tyson Fury indicated that he wanted to compete in MMA, but it seems he’s now looking to rework that plan to do something that’s a little more inside his comfort zone and skill-set.

“I don’t want to go into an MMA fight, rolling around the floor and all that, no,” Fury told ESPN Radio. “But I would fight one of their champions in small gloves.

“Maybe in a cage, but with boxing rules. I think that would be very interesting. With UFC gloves, the little 4-ounce gloves, that would be good for me.”

Fury then went on to reveal that he’s going to have talks with Dana White to see if they can come to a deal.

“After I beat Deontay Wilder next month, I’m going to have a sit-down with Dana [White] and we’re going to go for it, run some numbers and see if the fight makes sense.

“Whoever’s available from that side, and whoever’s willing to get their a** kicked in the cage by the heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the one I want.”

It’s a bit of a strange hybrid that Fury is suggesting, which would still leave whoever they choose as his MMA opponent with a much more limited ability to use their skills than they would in a ‘real’ UFC fight, ruling out not the ground-based wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but also things like kicks, knees and elbows.

Nevertheless, an orderly queue of big name UFC heavyweights, and indeed perhaps even light-heavyweights willing to move up a division, will surely be forming to participate in such a high-profile fight.

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