UFC champion Michael Bisping open to boxing bout with Tony Bellew

UFC champion Michael Bisping open to boxing bout with Tony Bellew

Michael Bisping, Briton'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.

"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."

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