WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is currently in the MMA headlines. It all began from a conversation ignited by Joe Rogan, saying Jon Jones would beat “The Gypsy King” handily if they were stuck in a room together.
UFC president Dana White – despite his vocal disdain for boxing crossovers – entertained the idea of a fight between the two heavyweights. Now, Fury is laying down his one stipulation.
Tyson Fury has one condition for Jones fight
Fury’s initial response to Rogan’s comments didn’t have any caveats. As he stated via a social media video:
“I heard him say that Jon Jones could f—k me up if we were in a room together. I don’t think so.
“Not a man born from a mother can f—k me up in a room or our own. Whatever happens in that room, I’d be walking out. Not a f—ng problem.”
Seemingly seeing a bigger opportunity outside of other “gimmick” fights, White said this about a possible clash between Tyson Fury and Jon Jones:
“If Tyson Fury really wants to fight Jon Jones in the UFC, I will make it happen. Here’s my thing right now to Tyson Fury, ‘Tyson, if you’re serious, let me know.’ Tyson and I have a good relationship. I like Tyson Fury.”
In a recent social media post, Fury said this in response to the UFC boss.
“If you guys want to fight me it’s got to be under boxing rules!” he wrote in an Instagram story. “I don’t roll round the floor! I stand up and punch”
Tyson Fury’s recent comments validates criticisms for boxers in MMA debate
There has been an ongoing conversation about crossovers and who would do better if they made the jump. For the most part, MMA fighters have been more willing to make the transition, and that’s opened boxers to criticisms.
Recently, former UFC champion Josh Barnett joined in the conversion and had this to say.
“Boxers sure love to run their mouths about being able to beat MMA fighters in MMA, yet they backtrack nearly every single time – why? Because in their hearts they know better,” he wrote in a series of tweets.
Tyson Fury’s actual ring return
While crazier things have happened in the sport, the Fury-Jones matchup is a mere ‘what-if’ scenario for the time being. He is rumored to be facing IBF cruiserweight champion Jai Opetaia, a deal that’s said to be “all but sealed” at this point. The 34-year-old Fury (33-0-1) last saw action in December against Derek Chisora and won via tenth-round TKO.
As for Jones, he’s only been a little less than three months removed from his heavyweight title victory over Ciryl Gane at UFC 285. His next plans would be to defend his title against Stipe Miocic in New York later in the year before riding into the sunset. However, that fight is rumored to be in peril and Jones is said to be facing Sergei Pavlovich, instead.
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