Tyson Fury has as expected, backtracked on his MMA ambitions. The Gypsy King realized that it would be a suicidal idea to step into a cage against a prime UFC heavyweight like Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou. First of all, those spindly legs wouldn’t last long against a kick.
Secondly, there are just too many skills to learn and not enough money to make in MMA. His upcoming rematch with Deontay Wilder will be one of the most lucrative fights of all-time. So it would take something special to get him excited about an MMA opponent. However, there’s one way it could still work.
Fury said that he’s open to a boxing match in MMA gloves against Stipe Miocic. Would that be of interest to MMA fans? It’s definitely a bit of a cop-out. But that’s not surprising.
Fury attended UFC 246 when he made the comments. He was asked by reporters if he was still interested in an MMA fight. Footage of him training with Darren Till went viral. MTK Global represents both men so it was in effect a marketing exercise. Fury made his feelings very clear. He told the media in Las Vegas:
“I don’t want to go into an MMA fight, rolling around the floor and all that, no. 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 told ESPN.
“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 ass kicked in the cage by the heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the one I want.”
Fury has 20 finishes in 30 fights. Obviously, fighting in smaller gloves gives your punches way more power. That’s why MMA fighters can struggle in boxing as Conor McGregor found out. However, the reverse can be true for boxers because they have to learn a new style of fighting.
Boxing in 4oz gloves totally changes your guard. It’s as close to being bare-knuckle as you can get without taking off the padding. Fury actually fought bare-knuckle as a youngster so this wouldn’t be too big an issue for him. Meanwhile, you’ve got to think that Francis Ngannou would be the most compelling possible opponent.
One man who won’t be fighting in MMA anytime soon is Deontay Wilder. He believes that he’d end lives in 40z gloves. The WBC heavyweight champion has freakish power. In short, he’s probably right because he knocks the souls out of bodies. Even if you don’t think he’s technically the best, his power can’t be denied.
Wilder told ThaBoxingVoice: “I feel MMA, they allow you to get on top of your opponent and bash his face in with velocity and speed coming downwards. Four-ounce gloves, I already talk about getting people out of the ring, but that would definitely be the sport where I show it, man. It’s just different rules, different things, I’m built with a set of skills, I have a lot of intellect and a lot of knowledge of combat, period.
“You know, all this is fantasy talk,” he said. “I don’t think anything nothing will ever come to fruition, I’m just too dangerous of a man in any type of combat sports. I really would end a life because I have the power to, and that’s just the damn truth.”