UFC superstar Conor McGregor, who returns to the cage this Saturday night, is backing Tyson Fury to win the rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Wilder and Fury fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in December 2018.
The rematch takes place on February 22nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Fury believes he was robbed of a title win in his last bout, and Wilder believes he was robbed of a knockout in the twelfth round, when Fury was dropped hard and barely made it up.
"[Fury has] got a good tough fight, Deontay is a powerful guy. But I think if he keeps his mind strong and keeps his playfulness in there and his sharpness and his elusiveness, I think he can do the job," McGregor told BT Sport.
In recent interviews, Fury has expressed his interest in crossing over to the world of mixed martial arts. Fury has already dabbling in professional wrestling and made his WWE debut back in October.
Fury claimed in a few interviews that he spoke in detail with McGregor, who allegedly offered to train the boxer.
According to McGregor, he's never spoken to Fury about MMA or anything else.
"I know Tyson’s been talking about it a lot... [he said] me and him spoke and I said that I would train him. I’d never spoken to Tyson in my life, but it’s not a bad little story so I let it roll. Tyson’s a good man, I like Tyson. He’s a great boxer, a phenomenal boxer, probably the best natural boxer in the heavyweight division at this time. So who knows," McGregor said.
"I don’t think he’s just saying he would do it, then not do it like a lot of them do, I say Tyson probably would do it in time. Maybe we could set something up, I’m not going to be holding mitts for him or anything, but if he wanted to be trained by me or even educated by me, I’d need to see him in certain positions or situations. I need to see him spar a heavyweight. I need to see him deal with the leg kicks. I’d need to see him in the bottom position and then I’d assess that and off he’d go. That would be something I could do for Tyson.
"I found it funny he said we’d hugged and all this, I’ve never spoken to Tyson in my life. He’s a mad man, Tyson. It’ll be cool that he’s going to be there [at UFC 246]."