Tony Bellew discusses what route he would take if he were to fight in the UFC

  • Jack Figg
David Haye v Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew has made a career of defining the odds, from climbing off the canvas to win the WBC cruiserweight world title, to beating David Haye twice.

But the Scouse puncher will now turn his attention to undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk who he meets on November 10, at the Manchester Arena.

Bellew has been praised over the years for his brilliant boxing knowledge and tactical breakdown, something which has landed himself a punditry and commentating role with Sky Sports.

But away from boxing Bellew also has a great knowledge of MMA, as the 35-year-old frequently discusses UFC fights on his social media and in interviews.

Boxing and MMA have made a crossovers in recent times, with the most high profile of occasions taking place last year, when undefeated five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather took on UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

That night Mayweather halted McGregor in 10 rounds, as an estimated $400 million was generated and opinions were divided on the event.

Seven years prior the roles were reversed, when ex-three-weight boxing world champion James Toney took on former UFC light-heavyweight and heavyweight titleist Randy Couture in a fight that lasted just three minutes, as ‘Lights Out’ was submitted after being taken down.

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However, Bellew, when asked by Mirror Sport, what weight he would target in the UFC, and also what fighters he would definitely avoid.

"If I was a UFC fighter, I’d actually want to go down to 185 (lbs)," Bellew said

"I think the 185 champion is Georges Saint-Pierre. But that would be very hard, if I’m being honest.

"I’d look at 205 which is what I am doing easily. In fact, I’m not far off that now. But at 205 is Daniel Cormier and I would absolutely want no part of that because he would pick me apart and slam me into the floor so hard.

If it’s clear Bellew would like to avoid Cormier, the Liverpudlian made a point to also stay as far away from DC’s biggest rival, Jon Jones.

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"After Daniel Cormier, you’re looking at Jon Jones. And Jon Jones in my opinion is probably the greatest fighter and athlete the UFC has ever seen,” Bellew claimed.

"He’s phenomenal in everything he does. He is an amazing striker, an amazing wrestler and fantastic at Ju Jitsu.

"He’s got his own troublesome issues going on in his life but taking that aside, he is just a freak of nature.

“Jon Jones is not someone who I would entertain in a cage. In a boxing ring, all day. In a boxing ring a lot of them would get a good hiding. But not a cage.”

With 20 knockouts in 33 fights, how would Bellew fair in the cage, and would his punching power be enough to find success in the UFC?

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