If Tyson Fury wants to enter the world of mixed martial arts, fellow Englishman and UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping already sees a way for the affair to work out well for everyone.
While Fury’s comments should be taken with a pinch of salt, the boxing heavyweight recently trained with Darren Till in an attempt to stoke the fires of attention, even earning remarks from UFC president Dana White.
In Bisping’s mind, it all seems like it could have a logical conclusion. Bring Fury over, and present him to fans in clashes that would benefit all parties.
“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,” Bisping said on a recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast (H/T BJPenn.com). “Listen, look at the UFC. People call it the entertainment era and Fury ties into that perfectly. The guy can talk, he can talk shit 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.”
While some have remained skeptical about Fury’s chances as a boxer inside the MMA cage, Bisping believes Fury wouldn’t be fighting the top tier names he’s been arguing with such as Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou upon his entrance to the promotion.
“I truly believe that (he’ll do well) if you matched him up correctly,” Bisping said. “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.”