Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has been calling out Cain Velasquez for a UFC superfight, but his one-time MMA challenge won't come cheap.
During an interview with U.K. publication The Daily Star (via MMA Junkie), Fury stated that the UFC would have to pay a major fight purse for his presence in the Octagon, noting that even with the "right" amount of money, he would go right back to boxing:
I’m definitely interested but the money would have to be right. I am [100-percent] up for a fight with [Velasquez]. I've challenged him to a fight three times but he's a little boy who doesn't want to fight and has said 'No' to the fight live on television.
It wouldn't be the first time that a pure boxer stepped into the modern-day UFC for a one-off bout, with former IBF champion James Toney losing a one-sided match against UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture at UFC 118 in 2010.
However, Toney was well-paid for his three minutes and 19 seconds of work, making a disclosed $500,000 in defeat—more than any other fighter on the card (via MMA Weekly).
But as a multiple-time, 21-0 undefeated world titlist with British, Irish and Commonwealth belts to his credit, Fury would most likely carry a similar price tag for a bout against Velasquez.
Just last April, Fury raised his stock in a United States debut with a seventh-round knockout over undersized veteran Steve Cunningham (via Bad Left Hook), firmly placing himself on the short list of challengers to potentially face pound-for-pound super heavyweight champion Wladmir Klitchko.
While UFC president Dana White has openly accepted Fury's challenge (via MMA Junkie), Velasquez simply told ESPN that he had never heard of Fury before and suggested he work his way up to a UFC title shot, rather than a non-title superfight.
Although it's unlikely that the match would ever happen, it would surely draw viewers, especially with the massive size difference between the two heavyweight fighters—Fury stands at 6'9" with an 85-inch reach, while Velasquez is a much smaller 6'1" in height with a 77-inch punching range.