September 30, 2022

Over the previous few years, a swarm of MMA fighters have tried their luck in boxing as they seek for massive paydays which can be hardly ever obtainable within the UFC.

Former dual-weight champion Conor McGregor famously banked $100million [£86m] when he made his boxing debut in opposition to Floyd Mayweather, arguably the best fighter of all time, in 2017.

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McGregor is a UFC legend and as soon as crossed over to boxing for a combat with Floyd Mayweather

Since then, former MMA champions Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort have efficiently transitioned to boxing.

The Brazilian duo have picked up massive wins and massive cash of their respective fights in opposition to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Evander Holyfield.

Nonetheless, many different former UFC fighters have discovered it powerful within the squared circle. Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren had been each embarrassingly knocked out by YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul, who has now turned his consideration to ‘The Spider‘.

Elsewhere, former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, was simply outpointed by Steve Cunningham earlier than being viciously knocked out by Kubrat Pulev in 2021.

Whereas MMA fighters usually cross over into boxing, it’s uncommon to see somebody go away the ring behind in favour of the Octagon – though it has been achieved.

Former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm is most well-known for knocking out Ronda Rousey in 2015 however she’s additionally a Corridor of Fame boxer who gained world titles in three totally different weight divisions.

Vitor Belfort battered boxing legend Evander Holyfield

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Vitor Belfort battered boxing legend Evander Holyfield

Former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, got KO’d by Jake Paul


Former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, received KO’d by Jake Paul

Not everybody has been as profitable although, James Toney was simply dealt with by UFC legend Randy Couture again in 2010 and Claressa Shields is presently 1-1 through the early phases of her foray into MMA.

It appears inevitable that no less than a number of extra boxers will attempt their luck in MMA sooner slightly than later, particularly when you think about a few of them have already got the abilities that might assist them achieve success within the sport.

So talkSPORT deemed it time to take a look at who could possibly be subsequent to make the bounce…

Claressa Shields is trying to follow in the footsteps of Holly Holm

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Claressa Shields is attempting to comply with within the footsteps of Holly Holm

James Toney was easily beaten when he fought in the UFC


James Toney was simply overwhelmed when he fought within the UFC


WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been flirting with the concept of combating in MMA for years after linking up with a few of the greatest UFC fighters to coach.

Again in 2019, ‘The Gypsy King’ labored on his elbows and knees with UFC middleweight contender Darren Until, who anticipated Fury to take an MMA combat after their session.

Throughout that point, Fury expressed an curiosity in crossing over for fights in opposition to the likes of former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and the person who went on to dethrone him, Francis Ngannou, however famous he should first work on his floor recreation.

“I’ve at all times been fascinated about combating, it’s the place I come from. Whether or not it’s boxing, kickboxing, MMA, it’s all like contact sports activities isn’t it,” he mentioned on The True Geordie podcast in 2019.

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Tyson Fury recently trained with UFC legend Nick Diaz

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Tyson Fury not too long ago educated with UFC legend Nick Diaz

He called out Francis Ngannou after beating Dillian Whyte earlier this year

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He referred to as out Francis Ngannou after beating Dillian Whyte earlier this yr

“I believe I’m athletic sufficient to do any combat sport for positive – no one can inform me it’s too harmful. Their recreation ain’t to go standing up with me and punching as a result of there’s just one winner.

“And me with them four-ounce gloves on, I’d smash all of them however, they’re gonna attempt to take me to the ground. So if I put the effort and time into not getting took to the ground, then I believe I can chin them.”

Earlier this yr, Fury was pictured engaged on his jiu-jitsu with MMA legend Nick Diaz after calling for a hybrid guidelines combat with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

In the mean time, he appears centered on persevering with his boxing profession however don’t rule out an eventual transfer to MMA. The 6ft 9in boxer can be a handful for anybody in MMA, particularly if he’s in a position to become familiar with grappling over the subsequent few years.


Terence Crawford is a former undisputed light-welterweight champion and present titleholder at welterweight who will quickly combat Errol Spence.

Nonetheless, issues might’ve been a lot totally different if the UFC was at its present degree when he was developing.

‘Bud’ was raised in a wrestling household and was a proficient grappler throughout his youth earlier than placing it apart to give attention to boxing.

Regardless of that, his sons are nationally ranked wrestlers as we speak, and Crawford stays very a lot concerned within the sport.

Wrestling is in Terence Crawford’s blood

Wrestling is in Terence Crawford’s blood

‘Bud’ has previously expressed an interest in fighting Conor McGregor in MMA

‘Bud’ has beforehand expressed an curiosity in combating Conor McGregor in MMA

Through the years, a number of movies of Crawford wrestling together with his pals have emerged on-line however essentially the most spectacular was when a grappler from Kazakhstan spent a while in his fitness center.

The boxing world champion physique slammed his opponent and received the pin throughout a pleasant grappling match – all whereas sporting socks and sandals!

Crawford has beforehand expressed an curiosity in crossing over into MMA for a combat with Conor McGregor and he was supremely assured in his potential to compete with ‘Infamous’ within the Octagon.

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“To maintain it actual, Conor’s not an actual good wrestler. He might kick the s*** out of you,” he informed TMZ in 2020.

“You gotta fear about them kicks to the top and them elbows greater than him grabbing you. It’d be different issues that you simply’d be having to fret about aside from wrestling you.”


Earlier than transitioning to heavyweight boxing and turning into a high contender, Dillian Whyte competed in each kickboxing and MMA as a youngster.

In 2008, earlier than his novice boxing profession received going, Whyte turned to MMA for one night time solely as we had been matched in opposition to 43-year-old Mark Stroud who rapidly felt ‘The Physique Snatcher’s’ energy.

Throughout the first fiery trade, Whyte smashed Stroud with a proper hand which noticed him fall to the canvas.

The person who has not too long ago fought Fury in entrance of 94,000 folks at Wembley Stadium adopted up with one other strike that promoted the referee to cease the combat after simply 12 seconds.

Dillian Whyte is 1-0 in MMA

Dillian Whyte is 1-0 in MMA

The Whyte vs Ngannou virtual press conference was never released

The Whyte vs Ngannou digital press convention was by no means launched

Whyte was as soon as briefly linked to a combat with Ngannou, because the pair infamously took half in a digital press convention that by no means aired as a result of UFC president Dana White took situation with it.

Throughout that point, the British boxer expressed his willingness to return to MMA for a combat with Ngannou, who he believes was afraid of him and can be a simple match-up.

“I consider I can beat him in each kinds. I can beat him in MMA and in boxing. I don’t suppose he’s something particular, whichever they need,” Whyte informed Sky Sports activities in 2020.

“The man is scared, so if doing MMA makes him really feel higher. If we have now a combat within the cage first, he may take it, but when we provide him a boxing combat, then he may say, ‘No, no, no.’

“If he needs it, he can get it.”