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Michael Bisping Willing To Do 'Boxing Match' With Tony Bellew

Michael Bisping, Britain's first UFC champion, has opened the door to a potential boxing showdown with former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew.

In a move that echoes UFC superstar Conor McGregor swapping the octagon for the ring to take on former pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather later this month, Bisping expressed his eagerness for a cross-code bout.

The issue first reared its head when Bellew, who has not fought since beating David Haye in their heavyweight grudge match in March, told Sky Sports: 'I can wrestle, I can grapple, I punch hard, I can kick and I've got some kickboxing experience.

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'Bomber' told Sky Sports he would fight the Manchester UFC star should the opportunity arise

'If you're asking if I would get in the cage with a puncher in the UFC? Mike Bisping is a guy who is predominantly known as a puncher and he's a very strong wrestler as well.'

The 34-year-old clarified his remarks on Twitter, adding: 'Just to clear things up.. I didn't call @bisping out! Im actually a fan of his tbh! They asked 'would I fight him' to which I replied 'YES'.'

Bisping, 38, responded that he would be happy to box Bellew once he has defended his UFC middleweight title against Georges St-Pierre.

He tweeted: 'All good Tony. People twist things. But for the record, after GSP, I'm down to have a boxing match with you 100 percent.'

Bellew replied to his fellow Englishman: 'Well it looks and sounds good to me... I'll provide a knockout to add to my highlight reel.' 

Mayweather and McGregor will collide in their cross-sports collision on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. They are going to fight at the junior middleweight limit of 154-pounds. On Wednesday their contest was approved to use 8-ounce gloves, instead of the usual 10-ounce for 154.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by B Phontain on 08-17-2017

[QUOTE=Pigeons;17955212]These MMA guys are seeing what the money is like in boxing now. This is why Dana didn't want to do Mayweather-McGregor at first. It wasn't because he cared about McGregor getting embarrassed. He just didn't want anyone getting a…

Comment by B Phontain on 08-17-2017

Everyone tryna get a piece of that boxing money....

Comment by MrRolltide91 on 08-17-2017

Boxing money

Comment by Pigeons on 08-16-2017

These MMA guys are seeing what the money is like in boxing now. This is why Dana didn't want to do Mayweather-McGregor at first. It wasn't because he cared about McGregor getting embarrassed. He just didn't want anyone getting a…

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 08-16-2017

It was rumoured for last 10 yrs of roy jones jr fighting anderson silva. So saying it and it being allowed is another thing. Probably depends on how much dana etc ends up making on upcoming mcgregor fight imo

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