Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has been teasing a potential move to mixed martial arts over the past few weeks and now he’s beginning to learn what it would take to make that crossover successful.
“The Gypsy King” recently called on UFC middleweight Darren Till and his crew at Team Kaoban in Liverpool, England to show him the basics in a crash course seminar on MMA.
Nearly 15 minutes of training footage was released by Fury’s team after he spent the day training alongside Till, who is fresh off a successful debut at 185 pounds with a win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244.
During the session, Till begins teaching Fury the art of “sprawl and brawl” to stuff the takedown and then take advantage of his best weapons on the feet. He also shows the former lineal heavyweight champion how to defend takedowns against the cage as Fury starts to understand the most effective weapons that would be used against him in an MMA fight.
Till also holds pads for the 6-foot-9 undefeated boxer as he begins throwing elbows and knees presumably for the first time.
It would appear that Fury is taking a potential move into MMA quite seriously after previously hinting at a working relationship with former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor and now spending a day training alongside Till at his gym in England.
As much as Fury has been teasing his desire to test himself in MMA, it seems unlikely that he would make that jump any time soon with several high profile boxing matches with lucrative paydays awaiting him in the near future.
At the top of the list is a rematch with Deontay Wilder, who fought Fury to a draw in December 2018. Wilder is currently preparing for a separate rematch against Luis Ortiz on Nov. 23 but a win could set up the showdown with Fury in 2020.
Still, Fury seems to be taking a potential move to MMA quite seriously by calling on Till to show him what it would take to make the transition between combat sports.
Traditionally, high-profile boxers crossing over into MMA have found very little success, which may serve as the ultimate motivation for Fury to try and prove everybody wrong.