The McGregor Effect: 10 UFC Stars Seeking Blockbuster Boxing Bouts


Michael Bisping

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has indicated that he would be up for the challenge of competing in the ring against WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew after his fellow countryman mentioned his name during an interview.

”I can wrestle, I can grapple, I punch hard, I can kick and I’ve got some kickboxing experience,” Bellew claimed in an interview with Sky Sports earlier this year when asked if he would accept a fight with Bisping if he was offered it.

”I’m down to have a boxing match with you 100 percent,” Bisping later replied on Twitter, though he added the provision that he was still focused on competing against Georges St-Pierre in the UFC first.

Tony Bellew

However, Bellew, who holds a 29-2-1 record, then doubled down by claiming he would be willing to do something that no other boxer has so far agreed to – fight him in the ring and then do a rematch in the cage under MMA rules.

“We can start with the boxing – but I’m not too sure he’d want to come near me again once I’d hit him with a certain punch in the boxing world,” Bellew told the BBC. “It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest whether I am getting in a cage or a boxing ring.”