UFC President Dana White believes that if Fury does come into the UFC, it would lead to him getting smashed.
“Tyson Fury had a tough time in his last fight in a boxing match. Coming over to MMA is a whole ‘nother story,” White said to TMZ Sports (via Lewis Mckeever of Bloody Elbow). “… Listen, anything’s possible. 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. I can’t wrap my head around why. …He’s an incredible fighter. Promoted the right way, [he] could be a part of three or four of the biggest fights in heavyweight [boxing] history. Why come over here and get smashed when you could stay there? Tyson Fury, your time is now. You’re the man in boxing. You’re one of the top four guys in the world in boxing. Why even think of coming over here?”
Fury has no professional MMA experience to speak of, but he has trained with UFC fighter Darren Till in the past.
John Fury, who is the father of Tyson, has issued a challenge to the UFC President to a fight.
“Let him talk to me like that. I’ll fight him,” Fury said to iFL TV (via Adam Martin of BJPenn.com). “Match me up with him tonight, you know what I’m saying? Because I believe I’m the best 54-year-old man in the world. I’m the fittest, I know that, and I’m the best 54-year-old man on the planet. I’m going to prove it anytime, anywhere, for free or for money. So let him take that in your pipe and smoke it. I mean that, mate. Keep my son’s name out of your mouth. If it’s not good, don’t talk about him.”
The elder Fury fought a total of thirteen times as a professional boxer, picking up a record of 8-4-1.