Tyson Fury is “100 per cent serious” about fighting Cain Velasquez in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) but will cross over to mixed martial arts “down the line” according to his promoter Mick Hennessy.
Hennessy told Telegraph Sport on Friday: “Tyson is 100 per cent serious about fighting in the UFC. He is a great athlete, and what few people know about him is that he can also wrestle. He is immensely strong. It all comes down to timing.
“Tyson is one fight away from being the mandatory challenger to fighting Vitali Klitschko for the world heavyweight title, so to cross into MMA now would be the wrong time.
“But down the line we will be very interested in crossing into MMA. Tyson is really not joking. As long as the right deal was in place, he would definitely do it.”
Fury was offered a contract by UFC president Dana White who issued a challenge to 6ft 9ins heavyweight to take on heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in the Octagon.
The open invitation came after Fury has repeatedly challenged Velasquez to a bout. Fury, who won his debut US last weekend, first called for the fight via social media in January this year.
When asked about Fury at a Q&A ahead of UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen, which takes place on Saturday, White said that Fury would be no match for Velasquez’s talents. White said: “Come on over. We’ll make a deal. You want to fight Cain? Come on over here. You will get smashed.”
The last time a boxer took on a UFC star in the Octagon, UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture came out victorious when he beat James Toney in a first-round submission.
White’s invite shows that he is confident of more of the same should Fury accept the challenge.