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Bellew and Bisping potential clash.

Tony Bellew and Michael Bisping hint at potential clash on Twitter

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With the unprecedented and highly anticipated clash between boxer Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor fast approaching, some of the debate and discussion has focused on the merits of both sports and on which fighter has the best chance of winning.

Also up for discussion has been on the likelihood that other similar clashes could take place and on who, from both UFC and boxing, could come together to replicate the fascinating Mayweather and McGregor clash. 

The charismatic WBC cruiserweight champion has hinted at a potential fight with a UFC fighter as he prepares to fly out to Las Vegas to witness the August 26 bout between Mayweather and McGregor.

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Bellew, who is known for his gritty and determined fighting style has revealed he also has experience in other forms of fighting, and told Sky Sports: "I can wrestle, I can grapple, I punch hard, I can kick and I've got some kickboxing experience. 

"You can forget about me getting in the cage with Jon Jones [UFC light-heavyweight champion] - not a chance."

 

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However, Bellew hinted at a potential boxing/UFC clash with Michael Bisping, claiming that he wouldn't mind getting in the Octagon with the Brit.

People then claimed that the Liverpudlian was calling Bisping out, something he denied on Twitter, by saying: "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""

British UFC fighter Michael Bisping responded to Bellew's tweet by saying: "All good Tony. People twist things. But for the record, after gsp, I'm down to have a boxing match with you 100 percent" 

In response to that, Bellew quoted Bisping's tweet, and accompanied it with: "Well it looks and sounds good to me... @EddieHearn can provide the stage and I'll provide a knockout to add to my highlight reel. 👊👍👌"

The exchange quickly started debate on Twitter, with fans eager to put forward their opinions on Tony Bellew's Twitter timeline, with some fascinated with the potential showdown.

Bellew, who lightheardedly dismissed a fight between himself and the impressive, three-time light heavyweight UFC champion Jon Jones, does fancy himself against Michael Bisping.

He explained why, telling Sky Sports: "But 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."

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He went on: "I think I could get down to 185[lbs]. If the money is right, then Tony Bellew would happily enter a cage or a ring. Maybe let's do one of them each. I'm a Michael Bisping fan, but if the money was right then the fan stuff goes out the window."

Tony Bellew, who gained even more popularity after his gritty, well fought clash with David Haye in November 2016, is well known for his courage and his hunger for new challenges.

His willingness to take on a UFC star should not come as too much a surprise with this in mind.

If the fight does go ahead, though, fans and pundits alike will certainly be fascinated by the potential showdown.

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David Haye
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