WBO inter-continental heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, recently called out UFC heavyweight champ, Cain Velasquez, challenging him to a fight.
“@cainmma I challenge u to fight all in in a cage or ring!” Fury tweeted. “It could be billed as the man vs midget lets get it on! U small stif idiot. Tit!”
Velasquez fired back at Fury during an interview with ESPNChicago.com.
“I didn’t know who he was until this,” Velasquez said. “I think he’s using my name to gain publicity, which he has done, everybody is bringing it up. … I’m not a boxer, I’m a mixed martial artist, and if he wants to fight, he can go into the UFC and work his way up like everybody else does. Nothing is given to you in this world. .. To me, it’s like don’t talk about it, go ahead and do it. That’s all I have to say about that.”
Very appropriate response from Velasquez (11-1-0, 9 KOs), as it’s obvious Fury (20-0-0, 14 KOs) is simply marketing himself — and doing a good job at it like Cain mentioned — by attacking the first Mexican American heavyweight champion in UFC history.
Velasquez isn’t the only MMA fighter that Fury has picked on lately. He also took shots at fellow Brit, Michael Bisping, questioning “The Count’s” fighting skills and personality.
“I think michael bisping [is] a first class prick.!” Fury tweeted. “Him & valasquez at the same time couldn’t beat me! My friend ko.d bisping ask him.”
The funny thing is: As good as Fury is as a boxer, he probably wouldn’t last a round inside the Octagon against the much smaller Bisping.
If you’re hoping to one day see either man shut Fury up with their fists; don’t hold your breath.
Fury has always had a rebellious personality, and he’s obviously learned that that a little trash talk can be very good for an athlete’s career over the years. However, it’s very unlikely that he’s insane enough to actual step inside the Octagon.
Only 24 years-old, Fury has put together a pretty impressive record as a professional boxer, and he’s currently ranked as the seventh best heavyweight in the world. Given all Tyson has accomplished in boxing; it wouldn’t make sense for him jump into a new sport, especially one as dangerous as MMA.
With big-money bouts looming on the horizon for Fury, expect him to continue to pursue fights against Wladimir and Vitale Klitschko.
It’s no secret: An MMA fighter wouldn’t last long inside a boxing ring with a competent boxer and vice-versa. Heck, call me crazy, but I’ll put money on any legit Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt over a professional boxer any day, as long as they’re fighting under MMA rules.
Fury could probably become a decent MMA fighter if he really wanted to; if he’s willing to learn the intricacies of the grappling arts. However, even with a few years of wrestling/BJJ training; he still wouldn’t be able to stop a beast like Cain Velasquez from taking him down and pounding his face in.