Anthony Joshua has a big fight coming up this weekend against Joseph Parker, but the undefeated boxer has thought about how he would fair in another big combat sport, MMA. He’s even gone as far as to name Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones as possible opponents inside the Octagon.
Ever since Conor McGregor stepped foot inside a boxing ring to take on Floyd Mayweather, many fighters have talked about transitioning from boxing to MMA or vice versa, such as Joshua, Mayweather, Jose Aldo, Paulie Malignaggi and many others.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier recently spoke with Bloody Elbow and gave his thoughts on Joshua’s chances in MMA and if he would ever step foot inside the Octagon against the British fighter.
Speaking on Joshua’s chances in an MMA fight against Ngannou, Cormier believes the undefeated boxer doesn’t stand a chance because of his inability to wrestle. His supreme punching ability will only get him so far in the fight in his eyes. He even drew comparisons to Ngannou’s UFC 220 fight against Stipe Miocic.
DC said: “Because Francis won’t take him down. That is until he hits Francis, and even though he’s not known for his wrestling, he has been wrestling for a lot longer than Anthony Joshua. All the sudden, Francis will look like Stipe Miocic and Joshua will look like Francis.
“It’s crazy. They can’t do MMA. These guys are out of their minds. Just like we can’t go box. If these guys go to box with Anthony Joshua, they’ll get their heads knocked off, like completely knocked off.”
The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion also said he wouldn’t step foot inside the Octagon himself with Joshua, even if he receives a big payday, as he plans to retire from the sport of MMA soon, as soon as he turns 40 in fact.
He said he doesn’t want to be one of those fighters that stays around long after their prime years, as he believes the top fighters should walk away from the sport at the top of their game, so once he feels like he is starting to slow down, even if it happens before his 40th birthday in March next year, he is going to hang up the gloves.
It would be impossible for UFC to book Joshua for a fight against Cormier between now and then, so, therefore, this dream fight between these two is not going to happen.