Tyson Fury is a heavyweight boxing legend.
However, when it comes to mixed martial arts, it’s a completely different game. We’ve seen plenty of former MMA fighters try their hand at boxing, but not too many boxers are stepping in the octagon. Why? Because MMA requires more skillsets be successful.
I’m not saying that great boxers can’t become good MMA fighters, but it’s just a different animal. Put a boxer and an MMA fighter in the boxing ring, and I’m taking the boxer. Put a MMA fighter and a boxer in the octagon, and I’m taking the MMA fighter… it’s that simple.
And UFC commentator Joe Rogan agrees. Joe recently said he doesn’t believe that Fury has a chance when it comes to squaring off against MMA legend Jon Jones.
Last week on Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, he said:
“No one thinks that Tyson Fury could beat Jon Jones in a fight. No one thinks that. Tyson doesn’t think that. You want to talk about who’s the baddest man on the planet? If Jon Jones and Tyson Fury are locked into a room, I’m pushing all my chips on black.
Tyson Fury is an amazing boxer, but he doesn’t have a f*cking chance in hell of making it out of that room. Zero chance. You would have to like, catch Jon immediately with one punch, and I just don’t see that happening, man.
When he gets his hands around you you’ll be stunned.”
Not exactly a controversial take from anybody who knows anything about fighting… and I think it’s safe to say that Joe is well-qualified to speak on the world of fighting.
However, Fury saw Rogan’s comments about him, and was less than pleased.
In an Instagram post, Fury said:
“I’m the baddest man on the planet. I heard Joe Rogan say something about me the other day and I’ve been off of all social media and didn’t reply to the little Little p*ssy f*cking little m*dget, bald-headed m*dget. I heard him say Jon Jones could f*ck me up if we were in a room together.
I don’t think so. Not a man born from their mother could f*ck me up in a room on our own. Whatever happens in that room, I’ll be walking out, not a f*cking problem.”
Jon responded to Tyson’s rant on Twitter, pointing out the differences between the ring and the cage:
“Hey Tyson, it seem like Joe may have struck a nerve. I’ll admit there’s no one touching you in that ring right now, but let’s not let that confuse you with what would happen if you stepped foot in my cage.
If you ever want to put some of those questions you got going on to rest, give Dana a call. I’ll help you out.”
So, does this mean we could have a Tyson Fury and Jon Jones fight in the future?
Man I hope so…
Tyson Fury sits at 6′ 9″ and nearly 270 pounds with Jon coming in at about 6’4″ and 250 pounds, so Tyson does have a size advantage… but will it matter? I don’t think so…