UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has heard the reports of Anthony Joshua’s $500 million offer from the UFC. If there is likely to be a debut for the heavyweight boxing champ, Miocic wants a piece…
Talk has once again turned to MMA vs. boxing this month. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor in August f last year was where it all really started. Prior to that, we’d seen plenty of crossover fights, but never one between a current UFC champion and an all-time boxing great.
As it turned out, there was far more money at stake than legacy in that fight. mayweather simply waited for McGregor to gas before he actually got to work. Considering how farcical many believed that fight to be, MayMac actually opened a can of worms.
Earlier this week it was reported that heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua had been offered half a billion dollars to join the UFC. The worlds of boxing and MMA, it seems, are far from done crossing paths.
Joshua to UFC?
According to Gareth A Davies, Joshua is being courted by the UFC with a meeting involving Dana White at the end of the month:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is making an audacious bid to sign a promotional multi-fight deal with Anthony Joshua which could earn the Londoner $500 million (£353 million) and make him the richest British boxer of all time.
Joshua has become boxing’s biggest star and The Daily Telegraph understands Dana White, the UFC president, will attend his title fight with Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday week and plans to meet the 28-year old and his team.
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic issued a short but no BS response:
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) March 22, 2018
Miocic has already spoken about welcoming his boxing counterpart to the UFC when rumors first circulated in late 2017:
“Oh yeah, 100-percent. I would love to do that. It’d be great. I’d love to fight Joshua. I think that would be an amazing opportunity against an amazing fighter. I think I’ve got what it takes to give him a run for his money—I might beat him. I know he’s tough, but so am I.”
You never know what’s gonna happen in a fight, that’s the thing. Joshua had a lot of confidence coming in. He knew he could hang. Klitschko is at the end of his career, but still, you never knew if the veteran was gonna take over, or if the young, hungry guy wanted it more. There’s just so many aspects you don’t know. You just never knew what was gonna happen.”
Heavyweight knockout artist Francis Ngannou’s coach had also discussed a fight with Joshua following his latest win over Alistair Overeem:
“Everyone was so enthralled about the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather fight. I’d like to see Francis about one year from now fight whoever the heavyweight champion is, whether it be Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. That would be a real fight, where an MMA fighter could go in there and upset a current boxing champion.”