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Midnight Mania! Dana White talks potential of boxing champs Tyson Fury, Claressa Shields fighting in UFC

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More and more, the line between boxer and fighter blurs. Whether talking about the unholy beast that is bare knuckle boxing or discussing the many potential crossover match ups, the combat sports world seemingly cannot get enough of this grey area. Earlier today, UFC president Dana White spoke with TMZ about the potential entrances into mixed martial arts (MMA) of boxing champions Tyson Fury and Claressa Shields.

On Fury, White was open to the idea but less than optimistic. White admitted that while “anything’s possible,” the concept doesn’t make much sense due to Fury’s status as one of the biggest stars in the highly competitive Heavyweight division. White explained, “If Tyson Fury wants to fight in MMA, I’ve got a ton of guys that would love to fight him. I just don’t know why.” Simply put, White argues there’s so much money in boxing on the table for Tyson right now that it wouldn’t make sense for him “come over and get smashed.”

As for Shields, White was more understanding. He noted that the two-time Olympic gold medalist is “clearly the best in the world right now,” but the difference in money explains her interest in transitioning to the Octagon. White pointed out that the women in MMA earn more than female athletes in most sports, particularly other combat sports. White concluded that he’s “definitely interested in that (having Shields compete inside the Octagon)” and notes that she could prove an eventual challenger to Amanda Nunes.


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Slips, rips, and KO clips

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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