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Bisping praises Fury’s balls
Michael Bisping admits he would be extremely excited to see Tyson Fury in the octagon against Francis Ngannou.
However, the former UFC middleweight champion issued a warning for the lineal heavyweight champion before a potential switch to MMA.
Shortly after his successful debut in WWE, Fury hinted he could make the switch to the octagon. In fact, the Brit revealed he has even been in contact with former two-weight world champion Conor McGregor about working together.
And fans were sent into overdrive after footage of the ‘Gypsy King’ training with Darren Till went viral.
Despite suffering a sickening cut against Otto Wallin in September, Fury is poised to challenge Deontay Wilder at some point in 2020. But this has not stopped heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou from issuing a challenge.
And Bisping believes ‘The Predator’ would have a clear advantage if the two should ever meet in the UFC.
“It’s interesting, I mean I respect him,” Bisping told talkSPORT.com. “He said he wants to come over to the UFC, I think that’s awesome.
“He’s got a lot of balls doing that so that’s not his forte, it’s not his background and they are very, very different.
“I was talking about this on my podcast saying that I would love to see Fury against Francis Ngannou because Ngannou called him out and they had a little thing on Twitter.
“It would be an interesting fight! I’m telling you because, it is different when there is grappling involved.
“If there is no threat of a takedown, you can let your hands go. But when the threat of a takedown is there, you clam up because you’re expecting them to shoot for your legs.
“But I don’t think he would have it quite his way. Tyson Fury is a tremendous boxer; very, very skilful and he uses a lot of feints and a lot of movements with some misdirection.
“He uses his length and stuff very well and he moves fantastically for such a big guy.
“But I don’t think in the UFC it would be quite as clean cut as he thinks. In boxing, of course, he’s the man.”
Masvidal calls out Conor McGregor (again)
Jorge Masvidal has called out Conor McGregor once again in the wake of his victory at UFC 244.
‘Gamebred’ defeated McGregor’s rival Nate Diaz inn a 15-minute battering which was called off after three rounds due to a cut.
Prior to the contest, the Irishman claimed the second of his three comeback fights would be against the winner of the inaugural ‘BMF’ title fight in New York City.
However, he predicted Diaz would win and now Masvidal believes ‘The Notorious’ is running scared after his upset win.
“To be quite frank, he was flirting with fighting the winner when the possibility of the winner was Nate,” Masvidal told Dan Le Batard. “And he kept throwing it out there.
“He even made his prediction he thought Nate would win. Since I’ve won, he hasn’t said a peep to address me or nothing.”
He then added: “I’m not a bully, either,” Masvidal said. “I’m not going to be one of these cyber bullies. If you don’t want to fight, I don’t want to fight.
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“If you want to fight, I’m licking my chops. Man, we’re going shopping.
“We’re going to do it big. You know what I’m saying? That dude don’t want it.”
Tyron Woodley ‘agrees’ to Leon Edwards fight
Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley says he will fight Leon Edwards, despite the fact his son does not know who he is.
‘The Chosen One’ relinquished his title to Kamaru Usman back in March in a one-sided defeat after a long reign at the top of the 170lbs division.
Although he admitted he would prefer a rematch or fights with Colby Covington, Khabib Nurmagomedov or Israel Adesanya sometime down the road, Woodley is aware of Edwards’ talents.
The Englishman is a top welterweight contender and has beaten some of the best names in the division. But it is fair to say he does not quite move the needle in the way someone like Masvidal does, for instance.
“The (expletive) up part is my son was like, ‘Who is that?,’” Woodley said of Edwards during a recent interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (transcription via MMA Junkie).
“My kids know everybody. They play the video game, so when you got to explain to somebody who the person is and how good they really are, I have to pump up to the fact, to the people, and to the peers on how dope Leon is, because he is dope,” added the former 170-pound kingpin.
“He got super crazy strategic striking, super sharp, great cardio. He has good IQ, switched things around in the (Rafael dos Anjos fight), in the middle of the fight, so he’s dope as (expletive) as a fighter, but I’m going to have to sell the fact on how dope he is.”