Fuel has been added to the hypothetical crossover matchup between MMA and boxing as UFC President Dana White has extended an invite to Tyson Fury into the octagon. Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time a high-profile boxer made the cross-sport move, but let’s face it, these forays have usually ended up pretty disastrously – except for when Ray Mercer knocked out Tim Sylvia in nine seconds back in 2009.
The talk around mid-2023 is about a potential match-up between Fury and current UFC heavyweight champ Jon Jones following earlier speculation regarding a clash with Francis Ngannou. With dismissing gimmick fights off-hand, White seems keen on hosting such bouts within his promotion. Such shows provide excellent entertainment value through their presumed favorable results.
Former champions turned analysts like Michael Bisping are intrigued by such pairings; Bisping says he would love to see fights like Tyson Fury vs. Jon Jones in an octagon because of spectator fascination with unlikely outcomes: “He’s not gonna have a chance in hell,” states Bisping when describing how oten boxers failed against mixed martial artists despite possessing considerable height and strength advantages.
As things stand now, June marks one month from original targeted date for Jon Jones’ first UFC heavyweight title defense opposite former two-time champion Stipe Miocic – albeit no deals were made yet. In light of that fact plus according to history where big spectacle pairings like Floyd Mayweather Jr., versus Conor McGregor always prove lucrative turn-outs due to fan interest, it comes as no surprise that pundits consider Tyson fury an exciting prospect too.
Jones is open about wanting Miocic next given that Miocic is seen by many observers as being able to offer him a real test since moving up weight classes from Light Heavyweight division (for example Ciryl Gane). Stylistically sbit tougher than others who might provide less of challenge at Heavyweight championship level: “Stipe Miocic’s been the heavyweight king. Defended the belt three times, is a tremendous wrestler,” Bisping stated.
However, with that said, it’s no secret that big spectacle events are a lure for fans and merit consideration – “Tyson Fury will get smoked by Jon Jones,” adds Bisping who thinks so along those lines but sees the merits of White entertaining crossovers like these regardless due to profit margin potential: “I guarantee you people right now — if Tyson Fury vs. Jon Jones in the UFC were going down, you would buy the pay-per-view. That would just be ridiculous.”
We can draw some conclusions here based on recent numbers from ESPN showing Conor McGregor’s much-anticipated return to The Ultimate Fighter 31 has produced an average of 294k viewership besides departures such as Makwan Amirkhani plus Trevin Jones alongside four other fighters being released from their contractsSponsored Product whilst Ilir Latifi follows suit after completing latest contract obligations.
On another note altogether; Alex Pereira shares plans regarding training regimes fused with English Lessons underneath Sean Strickland in preparation for his upcoming MMA fights while Dana White throws blame towards Jared Gordon over submitting medical concerns six weeks later resulting in cancelation instead we see Pimblett announcing marriage to her longtime girlfriendSponsored Product amidst hype surrounding UFC Paris comeback next September!
Furthermore; Amir Albazi ends up losing via controversial unanimous decision against Kai Kara-France at exotic Las Vegas venue which certainly set tongues wagging amongst commentators and affiliates alike: suspecting bias when Khan managed ground-and-pound versus striking techniques favoured by some purists or pundits within fraternity itself given how heated arguments arise between rival camps who support differing schools-of-thought regarding tactics employed during high-stakes bouts at upper levels especially where money-making opportunities exist via Pay Per View mechanisms aplenty across different media streams starting alluring new chapters galore bridging traditional spheres whilst embracing modern platforms ala social media channels.
Like it or not, any speculation about big-name cross-sport crossovers capturing the public imagination will always draw viewership away from other MMA events simply because fans find the proposition exciting and intriguing. Nothing wrong with that – it’s simply a reflection of how things are in today’s world where everything is interconnected; be it among fighters, fight gyms or even networks which cater through conventional broadcasting plus multi-functional online portals to choose from.
Now let’s get real here for once – Jon Jones vs. Tyson Fury in a squatting competition interests me more than any kind of fight between these two athletes. Seriously, do we really need to keep discussing this? It should be clear by now what would happen if this ever took place but as long as there’s fuel behind the fire then every media channel must take advantage whether YouTube videos featuring Bisping talking trash on future bouts via ESPN spin-offs teasing upcoming network programming segments depicting insider views into training camps – all ensure an expanding audience watching avidly each time!
Morning Report: Michael Bisping gives Tyson Fury ‘no chance’ against Jon Jones in MMA but ‘you would buy the pay-per-view’