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British boxing heavyweight star Tyson Fury has revealed that he will be making his mixed martial arts debut by the end of the year and says he will be training with none other than former Ultimate Fighting Championship two-division king Conor McGregor to prepare for the bout.
Last month, Fury signed a lucrative $100 million deal with ESPN for his next five fights. Since then, the 31-year-old has appeared on WWE Smackdown for a one-time “fight” against Braun Strowman next month in Saudi Arabia. Now the undefeated boxer looks to be setting his sights for another career move, this time to MMA.
“The Gypsy King” recently talked with Sky Sports and made the bold statement that he would be making his MMA debut by the end of the year and was contacted by McGregor, who offered to train him (via MMAMania.com):
”I’ve got something big coming up after this, even bigger than this,” Fury said, referring to his WWE appearance. “We might see Tyson Fury have his MMA debut this year too. It’s different, but like I say, Tyson Fury taking over.”
“Yeah, I’ve been speaking to Conor [McGregor] about it, and he’s willing to train me. And it’s gonna be good. I come from a long line of bare knuckle boxing champions. Getting hurt, getting bloody. You saw my last fight, blood everywhere! Nothing new to me. All a part of my heritage and upbringing. So, I’d love to get in there and smash someone up.”
”[McGregor] just said, any time you’re ready, when you get the time, let’s go,” he concluded. “Come over to Dublin, and we’ll start training. So, can’t wait! Gonna take him up on the offer. Who knows, who knows? We might be on a double header. The Gypsy King and Conor McGregor. It even rhymes, doesn’t it? Double header, Gypsy King and Conor McGregor!”