Tyson Fury may have retired from boxing, but it is clear that the WBC heavyweight champion is still very interested in the art of fighting.
“The Gypsy King” recently spent time earning MMA legend Nick Diaz while learning some of the struggling techniques before his hybrid rules fight with Francis Ngannou – which is expected to take place next year.
“Well roll around the mat,” Fury wrote under a poster that featured several pictures of him working on his ground game with one of the best.
Fury retired immediately after his recent six-round TKO win over Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley but has continued to run steadily ever since, prompting comebacks.
The 33-year-old appears to be preparing for a possible crusade with Ngannou, who entered the ring in London after Fury’s most recent victory.
At the peak of his powers, Diaz was one of the best MMA fighters.
A former Strikeforce champion, he has fought the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Paul Daley, Carlos Condit, BJ Penn, and Anderson Silva but has been extremely inactive in the last decade.
Diaz has not won a win in the Octagon since 2011 and has fought only four times but imagine their opportunities against the current pound-for-pound king, Kamaru Usman.
“If I fight, I want to fight for the title,” Diaz told TMZ Sports.
“They mean I want to fight a lot of guys and things like that. Well, you know what? It’s a bigger fight.
“Just jump all the mess. I don’t need to go in there and get my ass yelled at by one of the young guys, anyway – and it’s not that I’m not going to win.
“I want to fight for the title. I’m 38 years old.
“I think I’ll beat him. “I’d love it if they shot me.”
Diaz last fought at UFC 266 against Robbie Lawler but despite giving a good account of himself ultimately suffered a third-round stoppage defeat.
The end of the fight was not something you would expect to see from the usually tough Diaz, as he fell to the ground and refused to fight, resulting in the referee swinging the fight away.
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