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Ever since Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s boxing bout was announced, various mixed martial artists and boxers have thrown out their own gauntlets at cross-sport fights.

Most recently, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and boxing heavyweight Tony Bellew have gone back and forth with each other, issuing a challenge to one and other about a potential boxing match.

Today, however, Bellew has upped the challenge, claiming he’d happily meet Bisping in a UFC cage.

“He’s saying he’d happily entertain me in a boxing ring, I’d be happy to do one of each,” Bellew said, speaking with the BBC. “We can start with the boxing – but I’m not too sure he’d want to come near me again once I’d hit him with a certain punch in the boxing world. It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest whether I am getting in a cage or a boxing ring.”


So could it really happen?

“I’m not too sure if his next fight with Georges St-Pierre will go ahead – if not, I’m happy to do it and he’s clearly outlining that he’s happy to do it as well. I’ll speak to [promoter] Eddie Hearn, and we’ll see how it goes. I like it. Michael Bisping is quite a name within the UFC world in America, so why not?”