UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping is defending the belt against former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217.
However, once that battle is complete, then the UFC Middleweight Champion may be battling boxing star Tony Bellows next because the boxer has shown interest in fighting him.
"I can wrestle, I can grapple, I punch hard, I can kick and I've got some kickboxing experience," Bellew told Sky Sports. "You can forget about me getting in the cage with Jon Jones [UFC light-heavyweight champion] - not a chance. But if you're asking if I would get in the cage with a puncher in the UFC? Mike Bisping is a guy who is predominantly known as a puncher and he's a very strong wrestler as well.”
Upon learning of the challenge from Bellows, the MMA champion took to Twitter to say he has accepted the bout:
All good Tony. People twist things. But for the record, after gsp, I'm down to have a boxing match with you 100 percent. --— michael (@bisping) August 15, 2017
That's the plan. Wipe the floor with gsp, take out dopey Bollocks from oz then I'll box with bellew.— michael (@bisping) August 16, 2017
If the bout were to somehow come together, it couldn’t happen to 2018 at the earlier because Bisping has at least one, maybe two fights in the UFC ahead of him.