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If professional boxing champion Tyson Fury wants to fight UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, he's going to have to earn it by climbing the UFC ladder, just like everybody else.
A few days after 6' 9" professional boxing champion Tyson Fury took it upon himself to rain on the parade of Cain Velasquez by calling him a "small stiff idiot" and challenging him to a fight shortly after reclaiming the heavyweight title at UFC 155 against Junior dos Santos, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) kingpin responded to the undefeated European.
As you would expect, Cain shares the sentiments of just about everyone else, saying Fury is only looking to use his name to draw attention to himself, which seems to be working, because people keep harping on the issue.
Nevertheless, Velasquez reveals he had no idea who Fury was before he called him out and says if he wants to tango, he needs to quit talking about it, get into UFC, do work inside the Octagon and climb his way up the ladder just like he, as well as every other mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, had to do in order to earn a championship fight.
Because as Velasquez told ESPN, there is no such thing as a "free ticket" in the cage or in life:
"I didn't know who he was until this. He's just using my name to gain publicity, which he has done (because) everybody is bringing it up. I'm not a boxer, I'm a mixed martial artist. If he wants to fight, he can go into the UFC, fight and work his way up like everybody else does. Nothing is given to you in this world. So, to me, it's like don't talk about it, go ahead and do it. That's what I have to say about that. He has to work his way up the ladder like everybody else, like I did, into this sport. Nobody gets a free ticket to a title shot, know what I mean? Everybody has to work their way up in this world."
Sorry, Tyson, but your pro boxing credentials don't mean squat in the world of MMA and if you want a shot at the champ, you have to earn it.
In the meantime, Cain has much bigger fish to fry as he eagerly awaits the outcome of the heavyweight battle between Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva at UFC 156 on Feb. 2, 2013 to see who his next real challenge inside the Octagon will be.
So, shall we consider this current boxing vs. MMA discussion closed?