Tyson Fury says only one man can beat Jon Jones in MMA.
‘The Gypsy King’ believes Tom Aspinall, who is helping him prepare to fight former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on October 28, could spring an upset if he gets the chance to face Jones.
After seeing Aspinall up close and watching his rise through the UFC heavyweight ranks, Fury is convinced he’s capable of achieving big things in MMA.
“I’m bringing him in as a sparring partner in preparation for a UFC champion,” he told TNT Sports.
“He’s a good fighter, probably could have made it as a pro boxer. I was quite sure he would have gone on and won a world championship, but he had a derailment with his knee, and that fell out, now he’s had his comeback trail.
“I think he can do it. He’s big enough, he’s got the power, he’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu.”
The 35-year-old compared Aspinall to himself and Jones to Wladimir Klitschko while assessing the Englishman’s chance of becoming the first man to (legitimately) beat the best fighter in UFC history.
In 2015, Fury famously travelled to Dusseldorf and won as a massive underdog when he fought Klitschko who had gone more than a decade without tasting defeat.
Fury thinks Aspinall could do something similar against Jones.
He added: “It’s a tough one. Jon Jones is the Tyson Fury of boxing.
“People are unable to beat him. Very tough one. Even though Tom Aspinall’s a mate, Jon Jones is probably considered the greatest of all time in MMA, so I don’t know.
“It’s probably like, can anyone beat Wladimir Klitschko before Tyson Fury beat him? Probably not, but then Tyson Fury beat him.
“If anyone can beat Jon Jones, it’ll be Tom Aspinall. Nobody else.”
Fury might actually get the chance to fight Jones before Aspinall.
The WBC heavyweight champion recently expressed an interest in facing the two-weight UFC champion after Dana White voiced his desire to make a crossover bout between them happen.
Boxing fans are hoping he’ll square off against WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in a historic undisputed fight after he’s done with Ngannou.
A British blockbuster with Anthony Joshua is also on the table, but Fury ditching boxing’s biggest stars to take on a second successive MMA fighter can’t be ruled out.
Especially when it’s a legend like Jones calling him out.