Dana White issues challenge to boxer Tyson Fury: 'You will get smashed'


tyson-fury.jpgNEW YORK – Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has an open invitation to step in the octagon and fight MMA.

“Come on over,” UFC President Dana White said today. “We’ll make a deal.”

Prior to his 21st pro win this past Saturday, the undefeated boxer called MMA “rubbish” and told ESPN he had called out UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez three times to no avail.

White is willing to accept the challenge on his fighter’s behalf.

“You want to fight Cain? Come on over here,” White said today during a fan Q&A. “You will get smashed.”

Fury is the latest pugilist to take aim at MMA, though certainly not the first. Champ Floyd Mayweather is among the most famous detractors, though other stars have given the sport its due.

A confident and brash self-promoter, Fury has made headlines calling out Velasquez, whom he called a “midget” after the UFC champ’s dominant win over Junior dos Santos at UFC 155 in December.

Velasquez, who first won the title by beating Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 and then retook it by avenging a loss to dos Santos at UFC on FOX 1, deflected Fury’s initial barbs by saying the boxer should work his way up the MMA ladder like everyone else.

“Nothing is given to you in this world,” he said. “To me, it’s like don’t talk about it, go ahead and do it. That’s all I have to say about that.”

But according to White, Fury might not have to wait.

Fury wouldn’t be the first high-profile boxer to accept the MMA challenge. Former champ James Toney doggedly pursued a fight in the UFC and got his shot at UFC 118, where he faced UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. In a one-sided drubbing, Couture submitted him in less than four minutes with an arm-triangle choke.

More infamously, contender Art Jimmerson fought at UFC 1 wearing one boxing glove and quickly submitted to Royce Gracie.

Against the decorated collegiate wrestler Velasquez, Fury might need to work his grappling chops if he hoped to avoid being smothered.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Tyson Fury)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 11 days ago
  • 114 views

Relatively quiet since his 2012 retirement, former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko granted a rare, lengthy interview with AXS TV's Michael Schiavello. The son of an amateur boxer and a g read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 50 views

Las Vegas is a city famous for its sleight of hand, and that old magicians’ trick is what Dana White thinks Wanderlei Silva was doing with his retirement announcement.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 9 views

Uno mas! Despite losing three of his four most recent mixed martial arts (MMA) matches inside the Octagon, and garnering an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) "bust" label along the way, Alistair O read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 41 views

UFC president Dana White sounds off on the difficulties of signing former Strikeforce champion and current movie actress Gina Carano. With dreams of a title fight between Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

Despite UFC President Dana White initially looking in another direction, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping are going to have an opportunity to settle their differences after all. #UFCFightNight heads read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 39 views

Alistair Overeem entered the UFC in late-2011 lugging around a trio of prestigious titles -- heavyweight belts in Strikeforce, DREAM, and even K-1 -- plus a superhero physique to boot. At the time he read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 4 views

Depending on the week, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is either close to a comeback, or he’s never fighting again. read news >>

  • 13 hours ago
  • 1 views

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion revealed that he is keen to face Alexander Gustafsson in his next bout in the UFC. Following an extended spell on the sidelines, it appears Rashad Evans is eager read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 12 views

On Friday UFC president Dana White said Wanderlei Silva has been blackballed from induction in the Hall of Fame. read news >>

Jump to: