Though UFC President Dana White recently stirred up the possibility of a fight between boxing champion Tyson Fury and reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, it is not a new idea for MMA and boxing fans. For years now, people have speculated on who would win if these two titans ever faced off in the octagon.
It is easy to see why so much attention is placed on this potential match-up. Jon “Bones” Jones is considered one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, even though he has competed for just over a decade. The 31-year-old from Rochester, New York is currently undefeated in the octagon, with a 25-1 record. He has defended his championship title nine times and has held the belt since 2011. Along have come accolades such as Fighter of the Decade, UFC Hall of Fame Inductee, and consensus #1 pound-for-pound fighter. With intimidating physical size and unparalleled skill, opponents find it almost impossible to defeat him in the octagon.
Tyson Fury, on the other hand, is considered one of the most dominant heavyweight boxers of this generation. The 32-year-old from Manchester, England is 31-0-1 in professional boxing. He holds the lineal heavyweight championship – meaning he is the undisputed champion in the sport. In 2015, Fury scored an incredible upset by defeating the lineal heavyweight champion and undefeated Wladimir Klitschko. Despite taking a long absence from the ring due to mental health issues, Fury returned to the sport in 2018 to find his form and remain undefeated. His boxing ability and mental strength demonstrate that he is the real deal when it comes to the ring.
A fight between Jon Jones and Tyson Fury would be a battle between two of the best combat athletes in the world today. Both men are reaching the peak of their respective careers and could make an interesting and entertaining match-up. If the fight were to happen in the octagon, it would likely attract much interest from fans of both sports. It could even draw out a new type of fan who will be watching the fight for the first time ever.
No matter what happens, it is clear that the idea of a fight between Jon Jones and Tyson Fury is one that deserves to be taken seriously. It will be interesting to see if Dana White can make it happen or if we will simply only talk about it in speculation. One thing is certain, however, should these two champions ever meet in the octagon, we will get an unparalleled experience for both boxing and MMA fans.