Again in 2008, Dillian Whyte made his MMA debut, knocking out his opponent in simply 12 seconds!

Again in 2008, Dillian Whyte made his MMA debut, knocking out his opponent in simply 12 seconds!

Francis Ngannou is the most recent MMA fighter to dare point out the boxing ring, a path that was travelled dramatically however finally unsuccessfully three years in the past by a sure Irishman…

Boxing and MMA will at all times conflict, it appears, and UFC heavyweight Ngannou has just lately acquired right into a confrontation with Dillian Whyte, suggesting a much bigger, harder-hitting model of Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor.

It’s at all times chaos, and at all times entertaining, when these fight sports activities collide…

Eddie Hearn says there’s a actual probability Whyte may face Francis Ngannou in 2020

Eddie Hearn says there’s a actual probability Whyte may face Francis Ngannou in 2020

The fights that by some means occurred

James Toney extremely stepped into the UFC octagon to face legend of the game Randy Couture – and shortly discovered the distinction between boxing and wrestling.

“My plan was to knock him out shortly however he acquired to my legs, took me down, and did what he did,” Toney advised Sky Sports activities. “It labored. MMA just isn’t my sport but when I did it once more, it will have been completely different.”

Three-weight world champion Toney had a 72-6-Three boxing document in 2010 however was unfit and unprepared for his sole MMA journey.

“He noticed a chance,” Couture advised Sky Sports activities. “The true query was: how a lot MMA would he have the ability to study within the 4 months that he needed to put together? That was answered fairly shortly on struggle night time.

“It did not fare too properly for him.”

I could not wrestle with him however he cannot field with me.

James Toney on Randy Couture

Couture wrestled Toney to the ground inside 15 seconds and submitted him with a choke-hold quickly after.

“All people is aware of I am not a floor and pound fighter, I do not do this,” Toney stated. “I am a straight-up boxer. I did practice, however the man is an exceptional wrestler. I attempted to stand up, however…

“I’d have beloved for Randy to do a boxing match however he would not. I could not wrestle with him however he cannot field with me.”

Couture, in equity, agreed: “I wasn’t foolish sufficient to check James Toney’s palms whereas carrying 4oz gloves. That may have been ludicrous.

“Evaluating boxing and MMA has been occurring because the creation of blended martial arts, however they’re apples and oranges.

“I completely had the whole burden of the query pitting MMA in opposition to boxing. I started preventing in 1997 and people comparisons have been being requested, so I felt stress. It is one thing I took significantly as a result of I used to be joyful to characterize MMA in that match. I used to be proud to get the job executed.”

The height of the style will at all times be Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, the 2017 bout between boxing and the UFC’s most profitable loudmouths.

“Underneath a particular rule-set that isn’t a real struggle, I’ll show that I’m one of the best,” McGregor advised Sky Sports activities.

“I will shock the entire rattling world. I will change the face of the sport, the identical method I’ve executed in MMA. I will change how preventing is approached.”

The Irishman, the primary UFC fighter to concurrently maintain two titles, had some boxing pedigree from his beginner days in Dublin.

“Some children had extra expertise than Conor however did not work as exhausting and finally he discovered them out,” his then-trainer Phil Sutcliffe advised Sky Sports activities.

“He has abilities from his time right here – his palms up, his chin down, his elbows in. When he acquired adequate. he was in a position to drop his palms as a result of he may learn the punches. He is a really, superb reader.

“He is ambidextrous – we train that to all our youngsters, he can field orthodox or southpaw. His straight left modifications fights. It is an opportunist’s punch – he is at all times had the power to activate his again leg to throw his again hand.”

However to astonishingly make his professional boxing debut in opposition to one of many best ever inevitably led to defeat. Mayweather’s 10th-round stoppage gave him a 50-Zero document to retire with.

Has the insanity stopped? After all not.

Mayweather advised TMZ about Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC champion who additionally beat McGregor: “I am the A-side, you name me out, you come into my world.”

McGregor’s most up-to-date UFC victory earlier this 12 months was met by cryptic tweets from Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather.

“It is me and Manny,” McGregor roared a couple of future assembly.

On Mayweather, McGregor added: “He is removed from retired. That rematch will occur at some stage.”

Mayweather has since received a weird ‘exhibition’ boxing match in Japan in opposition to a 20-year-old kickboxer, Tenshin Nasukawa, headlining an occasion with an MMA undercard.

Tony Bellew revealed that he had talks with UFC’s Michael Bisping

Tony Bellew revealed that he had talks with UFC’s Michael Bisping

Ought to Ngannou cross over into boxing?

Ought to Ngannou cross over into boxing?

Elsewhere Artwork Jimmerson was a boxer with a 29-5 document when he competed at UFC 1 – infamously, he wore only one boxing glove and stored the opposite hand free for grappling. His MMA profession led to swift submission defeat.

Holly Holm went 33-2 as a boxer however was a fully-fledged MMA fighter when she shockingly ended Ronda Rousey’s headline-grabbing run. Holm’s slick boxing abilities have been credited for her standout outcome.

Kimbo Slice began as an web brawler then fought professionally in boxing and MMA. He as soon as defeated Ray Mercer, the 1988 Olympic boxing gold medallist, by way of guillotine choke… sure, actually.

Mercer, undeterred, later pulled off one of many greatest surprises in MMA historical past by knocking out former UFC champion Tim Sylvia in 9 seconds.

Present heavyweight boxing contender Lucas Browne started in MMA and advised Sky Sports activities: “I fought Daniel Cormier, who [became] the UFC champion, which was a wake-up name that I could not wrestle or kick. That was a turning level for me.”

What do the fighters suppose?

Let’s go, 11 rounds of three minutes boxing and final spherical, spherical 12, 5 minutes of MMA. If he makes the deal, I can struggle.

Khabib Nurmagomedov advised TMZ about Floyd Mayweather