After a big win, UFC light heavyweight called out boxer David Haye. It seemed highly unlikely, but Haye says the UFC has already been in contact with him.
If any topic is hot in combat sports right now, it’s the whole MMA fighter versus boxer debate that was ignited by Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. A bunch of fighters on both sides have called out guys from the other, yet none of these fights are anywhere near happening. Or are they?
One of the UFC fighters that asked for a shot at a boxer was top light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa. The English slugger picked up a one-punch KO victory over Corey Anderson in London earlier this year, and in his post-fight interview, he called for a fight with fellow Brit and former champion at cruiserweight and heavyweight, David Haye.
To the surprise of many, in a Q&A (via BoxingNewsOnline), Haye is on board with it and actually said the UFC has talked to him about it:
“The answer is a resounding yes!” he said. “I was very impressed with his quick knock out the other night at the O2 Arena. If any of the mixed martial artists can convert over to be a successful boxer he has definitely got the body shape and style to do so.”
“Yeah we have heard from Manuwa’s management and UFC so it is something that we are looking at at the moment.
“Obviously it is a little way off being confirmed. But it is a fight that would unify a lot of the fans from both UFC and boxing and make a mega event.”
While the bout would undoubtedly be intriguing and likely a big draw in the UK, there is a small problem with Haye – he suffered a major injury, a ruptured achilles tendon, in his bout with Tony Bellew earlier this month. Haye hopes to make his return after surgery, but if they’re looking at fighting on a possible McGregor vs. Mayweather card, it’s highly unlikely Haye would be ready by then.
Still though, it’s another possible MMA vs. boxing match to add to the long list. And it’s surprising, if true, that the UFC is actively pursuing this.