Tyson Fury may have retired from boxing, but it’s clear the WBC heavyweight champion is still very interested in the art of fighting.
‘The Gypsy King’ recently spent some time winning over MMA legend Nick Diaz to learn some grappling skills ahead of his hybrid rules bout with Francis Ngannou – which is set to take place next year.
“Good time to roll on the mat,” Fury wrote under a post featuring several photos of him working on his ground game with one of the best.
Fury retired immediately after his recent sixth-round TKO victory over Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley, but has continued training since then, fueling comeback rumours.
It looks like the 33-year-old is preparing for a potential crossover fight with Ngannou, who entered the ring in London following Fury’s latest win.
At the height of his powers, Diaz was one of the best fighters in MMA.
A former Strikeforce champion, he fought Georges St-Pierre, Paul Daley, Carlos Condit, BJ Penn and Anderson Silva, but has been extremely inactive for the past decade.
Diaz hasn’t won an Octagon since 2011 and has only fought four times, but imagines his chances against current pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman.
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“If I have to fight, I want to fight for the title,” Diaz told TMZ Sports.
“They mean I want to fight a bunch of guys and stuff like that. Well you know what? It’s a bigger fight.
“Just avoid all the mess. I don’t need to go in there and get my ass kicked by one of the young guys, anyway – and it’s not that I won’t win.
“I want to fight for the title. I am 38 years old.
“I think I will beat him. … I would love for them to give me a chance,”
Diaz last fought at UFC 266 against Robbie Lawler, but despite a good account of himself, he ultimately suffered a third-round stoppage loss.
The end of the fight was not something you would expect to see from Diaz, usually harsh as he fell to the ground and refused to continue fighting causing the referee to call off the fight.
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