It only took one massive boxing super fight for every other big name UFC star to climb on the bandwagon and start angling to fight boxing superstars. UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor took on veteran boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather just weeks ago, and while he may not have come away with a victory himself, he seems to have at least secured a victory for combat sports as a whole.
It seems now the UFC is considering another cross promotional bout, but this time the promotion is looking to keep the action firmly within the chain linked walls of the octagon.
Boxing Kingdom has just reported that UFC president Dana White has been speaking with English boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who represents boxing champions such as Anthony Joshua, Tony Bellew and Kell Brook. Hearn keeps a pretty active profile across his social media platforms but has been keeping mum about a potential heavyweight matchup in the octagon for Anthony Joshua, promoting Joshua’s upcoming September bout with Kubrat Pulev for the WBA title. Joshua is coming off a high profile knockout victory over Ukrainian heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua has been vocal in his assertion that he would be happy to fight in the octagon under mixed martial arts rules, saying “I like fighting, I’d do whatever.” He did stipulate one little rule change though.
“The only thing that they can’t do is submissions but they can kick, elbow, bite – whatever they want,” Joshua said.
“I can’t beat a guy [via submission]. That takes a lot of time to learn the skills and submissions, which I don’t have the time for, but when it comes to pure aggression and fighting rules, I can definitely fight, so I don’t mind that.
“It wouldn’t be a problem,” he concluded.
So a mixed martial arts bout, with no submissions? Sounds a mighty lot like a kickboxing match, doesn’t it? Who better to welcome the newcomer than Dutch kickboxing star Alistair Overeem. The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion is world renowned for his crisp striking style and is coming off wins over Mark Hunt and former UFC heavyweight king Fabricio Werdum.
I had my journey out of MMA and became champion in another sport, the K1 ring. No desire to redo but willing to welcome others into the UFC! https://t.co/Zue6Q2lN2W
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) September 3, 2017
“The Reem” tweeted out a message just days ago saying that he is “willing to welcome others to the UFC,” so it seems like there might be a new potential super fight in the works for fans to get excited for!
While we aren’t sure exactly when or where the fight could be targeted for, Boxing Kingdom believes it could be July 2018, well after Joshua gets done with fighting Kubrat Pulev. What do you think of the match up, would you be excited to see a heavyweight champion boxer enter the octagon? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
— Boxing Kingdom (@BoxingKingdomI4) September 3, 2017