UFC president Dana White doesn’t think Tyson Fury would last in MMA.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Fury has expressed interest in a potential crossover to MMA, and even talked about training with former UFC lightweight and featherweight champ Conor McGregor.
But White can’t fathom why Fury would even want to try his hand at MMA when he has so much going on for him in boxing – and he believes it wouldn’t go well for him.
“Tyson Fury is a very marketable heavyweight; I believe he’s one of the best in the world, the top four right now,” White said, speaking to TMZ. “He’s an incredible fighter, and promoted the right way, could be a part of three or four of the biggest fights in heavyweight history. Why come over here and get smashed?”
“Tyson Fury, your time is now,” White added. “You’re the man in boxing. You’re one of the top four guys in the world in boxing. Why even think about coming over here?”
Fury has recently made appearances for WWE and has proven his overall marketability value. One of the biggest personalities in the sport of boxing, Fury would no doubt draw big numbers if he were to compete in MMA, but with White looking to get involved in boxing promotion through the introduction of Zuffa Boxing, he’d rather keep the two sports as separate entities.
“Listen, anything is possible,” White said. “If Tyson Fury wants to fight in MMA, I got a ton of guys that would love to fight him. I just don’t know why. I can’t wrap my head around why, and I shouldn’t be saying – I should be saying, ‘Oh, yeah, we love Tyson Fury. Bring him over,’ and all this (expletive), but now I’m looking at both sports. Three years ago, before I was looking at boxing, I’d be like, ‘Oh, yeah, send me Tyson Fury. I love it.’”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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