Michael Bisping: Tyson Fury Could Absolutely Be A Threat In The UFC
If you’ve been listening to Tyson Fury recently, you would have heard him say one minute that he’s going to be switching over to MMA in the not too distant future, and then the next state that he has no plans on leaving boxing. If he does make the transition, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping believes he could be a threat in the UFC heavyweight division.
“Absolutely he could. I truly believe that if you matched him up correctly. Cause there is some good wrestlers like Stipe, for one. He outwrestled Ngannou, Ngannou’s been doing MMA longer than Fury so you’d think he’d outwrestle Fury as well. That just goes without saying, really. And they’re not gonna give Tyson Fury a title fight right off the bat anyway. But then you’ve got other guys. I mean Cormier’s gonna be done soon.”
Fury began teasing of a move to MMA three weeks ago and not only has he stated that he plans to train with Conor McGregor, but he actually trained with Darren Till earlier this month.
With all the teasing and the footage of Fury training with Till, ‘The Gypsy King’ has found himself being called out by Francis Ngannou, Greg Hardy and the UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic.
And Bisping thinks that if the UFC do a good job in matchmaking Fury, it would be ‘big business’ for the promotion.
“If Tyson Fury was to come over, I’m not gonna say the word ‘groom,’ but they would stagger his matchups and give him logical matchups. Listen, look at the UFC. People call it the entertainment era and Fury ties into that perfectly. The guy can talk, he can talk s*** for days. He’s very, very funny. He can put people down, he sings on the microphone. Not only is he the heavyweight champion of the world but he’s massively charismatic. He’s an absolute huge star and if he can come over win a couple of fights and then get a title fight, for the UFC that’s big business. That’d be a massive, massive pay-per-view.”
One thing is for sure, if Deontay Wilder beats Luis Ortiz this weekend, he and Fury will rematch in early 2020. And whether he does move to MMA at some point after that, right now his full focus is on ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
Do you think we’ll see Tyson Fury fight in the UFC? And if so, how well do you think the lineal heavyweight boxing champion would do?