LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — UFC’s president is doubling down on determining who the real “baddest man on the planet” is once and for all.
Dana White claims he is against “gimmick fights” because, in his own words, “it’s not what I do here.” Nevertheless, when it comes to his Heavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. Tyson Fury ... that would not be a gimmick fight because it would be for the crown of “the baddest man on the planet.”
“I like Tyson Fury — I have a great relationship with Tyson Fury,” White claimed. “But, there’s this debate right now about the baddest man on the planet, right? Jon Jones is the baddest man on the planet. There’s no doubt about it. If you want to discuss another possible baddest man on the planet, it would be Tyson Fury in a boxing [ring], and we all know that if Jon Jones boxes Tyson Fury, Tyson Fury wins. All these boxing guys want to want to talk about this, and they want to keep it in the ring.
“I’m telling Tyson Fury, whom I respect very much,” White continued. “If you really want to find out who the baddest man on the planet is, I will make that fight. I will make Jon Jones vs. Tyson Fury in the Octagon. And, you know, we figured out how to pay Floyd and figure out how to pay you too, Tyson. So, the offer is out there if you want to do it in the UFC.
“I know he was messing around with MMA for a little while there,” White concluded. “Let’s do it. Let’s answer the question. But, these guys aren’t boxing him.... You want the title of baddest man on the planet? Let’s do it. I’m in.... We could all talk about this forever. There’s only one way to find out. Let’s do it. I’m willing to do it. Tyson can call me himself. He has my number.”
White is right about one thing: Fight fans will talk about this forever. And it will probably never happen. Remember what happened to boxing legend James Toney? He got embarrassed and smoked in one round by Randy Couture.
What would the greatest MMA ever do to Fury? He would take him down and “smesh.”
Fury recently told the world he isn’t a cage fighter and doesn’t roll around on the floor, but would happily box Jones.
With that said, Jones is waiting for a fight to be booked with Stipe Miocic for Madison Square Garden later this year (most likely November) after running through Ciryl Gane to capture UFC’s Heavyweight strap at UFC 285 (watch highlights).
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