Yesterday (March 21, 2018), a report from the Telegraph’s Gareth A. Davies surfaced indicating that the UFC was interested in signing heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua to a highly lucrative contract.
Given that UFC President Dana White has continuously expressed his interest in promoting boxing, it’s unclear whether or not a deal with Joshua would pertain specifically to boxing or involve the Brit trying his hand at mixed martial arts as well.
Regardless, reigning UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and ex-titleholder Junior Dos Santos both commented on the rumors:
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) March 22, 2018
— Junior Dos Santos (@junior_cigano) March 22, 2018
Miocic, who’s coming off of a successful title defense over Francis Ngannou earlier this year, has often called out Joshua multiple times for a potential clash.
Dos Santos, meanwhile, is currently sorting out issues with USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) regarding a potential anti-doping violation, but he too has expressed interest in boxing in the past.
As for Joshua, the 28-year-old is currently scheduled to put his IBF, IBO and WBA titles on the line against Joseph Parker on March 31.
Stay tuned to LowKickMMA as more news on the situation unfolds.