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Bisping and Bellew Agree to Boxing Match

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Pictured: England's Michael Bisping. (Photo via UFC / Getty Images)

The news of Conor McGregor’s boxing megafight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. – set to take place on Aug. 26 – has spurred several MMA fighters to campaign for more crossover fights.

Jimi Manuwa, who was brutally knocked out by Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 214, called for a boxing match against David Haye, and UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic wants to fight Anthony Joshua in the boxing ring.

But that’s not all. Former multiple-division boxing champ Tony Bellew, who beat ‘The Hayemaker’ earlier this year, is open to a fight with current UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping.

Bellew, who claims to have experience in grappling and kick boxing, would be willing to fight ‘The Count’ in the Octagon or the boxing ring.

“I can wrestle, I can grapple, I punch hard, I can kick and I’ve got some kickboxing experience,” Bellew told Sky Sports in a recent interview.

Jon Jones, however, is off the menu.

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

“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.

Bellew, who walks around at around 215 lbs., says he would cut weight to fight Bisping for the right ‘money’.

“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.”

Bisping, who is expected to defend his title against Georges St-Pierre in the fall, responded to Bellew on Twitter and said he is ‘100 percent’ down for a boxing match.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.