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Boxer Tyson Fury fired up the old "Boxing vs. MMA" with some off-color comments about UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez last week. Velasquez did not reply to Fury's comments, but that didn't stop UFC middleweight Michael Bisping from taking issue with the boxer, sparking what is becoming an increasingly intense back-and-forth with Fury.
Just days after challenging Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, or, the "little midget" and "small stiff idiot," to a fight, undefeated heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has now set his sights on UFC middleweight Michael Bisping.
It all started with Fury taking to his official Twitter account last Thursday, where he blasted Velasquez for his title-winning performance against Junior dos Santos at UFC 155 on Dec. 29, 2012. Fury verbally assaulted Velasquez and proceeded to challenge the UFC heavyweight champ to a fight in a cage or ring.
Fury's comments were immediately ignored by Velasquez, but one man who couldn't keep his mouth shut on the topic was Bisping. After Fury's comments surfaced,"The Count" took to Twitter and, in typical fashion, voiced his opinion on the matter.
"Everyone just ignore that excuse of a man, Tyson something. He's trying to get hype, I'd never heard of him till he called out Cain," Bisping wrote via Twitter on Friday.
That wasn't enough, though, as Bisping went even further on the offensive in an interview with Mirror.
"I always support British athletes of all sports, including Tyson Fury. I think he's a great boxer," Bisping told the Mirror. "However, if he's calling out UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez then quite frankly he's living in a fantasy world and needs to come back to reality. He would be absolutely destroyed in a matchup against Cain. Cain's a UFC champion and Fury wouldn't stand a chance."
Many viewed Fury's challenge to Velasquez as a desperate attempt to draw attention to himself, and it's hard to argue with that stance.
There have been numerous boxers over the years that have wanted to step in the cage or ring against a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter; however, excluding the rare case of James Toney, no one has ever truly attempted to make the transition. Or at least not at the highest level such as the UFC.
Regardless, it seems there is no love lost between the two Englishmen, and Fury confirmed that with a reply to Bisping comments on Sunday.
"I hear I'd get killed by Velasquez. Not in a million years!" Fury wrote on Twitter. "I think Michael Bisping is a first class pr**k! Him and Velasquez at the same time couldn't beat me! My friend KO'd Bisping. Ask him."
Shortly after, Fury sent a message directly to Bisping, which said the following, "You are a w**ker who is sh*t at fighting, ask anyone."
There is a fairly large size discreptancy between Fury and Bisping, so it's highly unlikely anything is going to come to fruition of this back-and-forth.
It is, though, quite entertaining to watch the two bicker and given Fury's most recent comments it's all but guaranteed The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 3 winner is going to come back with a well-thought retort.