Tyson Fury could be set to swap the ring for the cage as Bellator president confirms talks
Tyson Fury may finally get the chance to back up all the criticism he's heaped on mixed martial arts in recent years.
The undefeated boxer has, for some time, been hugely vocal about his opinion that he could plough through any heavyweight who compete under MMA rules, being particularly critical of UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez.
But it looks likeFury is set to swap the 12 oz gloves for the 6 oz version as Bellator president Scott Coker has announced that the promotion is in fight talk with the outspoken Englishman.
"We are in dialogue with Tyson about entering the Bellator cage," Coker said via MMAFighting. "Tyson seems to feel he can walk through any heavyweight MMA fighter. Let's see how serious he is."
Fury has disparaged some of the biggest names among MMA heavyweights in the last ten years and believes that the fact that Brock Lesnar once held the UFC heavyweight belt does not cast the sport in the best light.
"We all know WWE is pretend," Fury once said. "And if a pretend fighter can come in and win the heavyweight championship of the world in what is supposed to be the ultimate fighting competition, it doesn't say a lot, does it? I haven't changed my mind, anytime, any place, anywhere, tell Dana White to bring Velasquez to me and I'll knock him into next week. As I said before, they are not on my level, they are bums compared to me."
And if the 26-year-old Fury is to make a run at the Bellator heavyweight strap, he'd better start working on his grappling game as current champion Vitaly Minakov is a Sambo Grand Master who also holds a black belt in Judo.
We, like all of you, will be monitoring this one closely.