UFC Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has admitted he would be willing to call time on life in the Octagon to get a shot at fighting Tyson Fury.
The 37-year-old has built a huge rivalry with fellow American Daniel Cormier at the top of the UFC heavyweight ranks, both winning one bout apiece over the last year and a half.
But Miocic, a previous winner of the Cleveland Golden Gloves award, says he is ready for a new challenge outside of the MMA bubble.
In an interview with ESPN on Monday, Miocic called out boxing legend and new WWE star Fury to fight him either in the Octagon or the boxing ring.
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“I saw Tyson Fury is coming into the mix now here,” Miocic said. “I like a new challenge… With DC, I didn’t fluke knock him out – I beat him. I decisively beat him. Our first fight, congrats to DC. But he caught me with a punch in the first round.
“There was a lot going on in my mind that night. No excuses, but he beat me. The second fight I won. There’s no taking it away from me. I didn’t get lucky, I just straight outworked him.”
“He’s a talented fighter, so he’s definitely going to have good striking.
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“But anyone can make a (30-second) highlight reel. It’s still good, but I can do that too.
“If he wants to step into the Octagon, I’ll love it. I’ll step in the ring. I’d love to box him. I would love to box him. He’s a great fighter. He’s a good dude and we’d put on a good show.
“It’s something new – something different. In mixed martial arts, there’s a lot more to go with. You’ve got a bunch of martial arts to work with. In boxing, we’d just go toe-to-toe and slug it out.”
Fury posted a video earlier this month of him training with UFC Middleweight star Darren Till.
And given Fury’s recent exploits into WWE, it would be no real surprise if he decided to try his hand at MMA.
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