Months After Calling Out Jon Jones, Tyson Fury Names The UFC Fighter Who Can Defeat “Tyson Fury Of MMA”

Published 09/27/2023, 7:32 AM EDT

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In the world of combat sports, Tyson Fury and Jon Jones have triumphed over all their contemporaries. ‘The Gypsy King’ is an undefeated two-time heavyweight champion in boxing, whereas ‘Bones’ is the former light-heavyweight champion and the current heavyweight champion of the UFC. Only a couple of months back, the two were engaging in an online tussle in which they teased the fans about a potential showdown between them in their respective sports.

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However, in a recent turn of events, Fury credits Jon Jones and acknowledges his greatness. At the same time, he reveals which MMA fighter could possibly defeat Jones. So without further ado, let’s dive in on his comments.

Tyson Fury on Jon Jones’s greatness

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Jon Jones’s greatness is nothing to scoff at, but Fury did not appear much of a fan a few months back. The boxer claimed that he is the, ‘Baddest man on the planet.’ However, Jones begged to differ and did not shy away from making it evident. Subsequently, Fury clapped back at him and called him out for a bout in the ring. Meanwhile, Jones was adamant and turned the challenge back at Fury, offering him an MMA fight.

Although their clash did not come to fruition, they have not stopped talking about one another. In an interview, Tyson was weighing in on his training partner and UFC heavyweight prospect, Tom Aspinall. He was asked if he could become a champion by defeating Jones. In response, Fury initiated his answer by lauding Jones for his achievements and even gave him an intriguing tag.

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He stated, “Jon Jones is Tyson Fury of Boxing. People are unable to beat him. Very very tough one, even though Tom Aspinal is my man, Jon Jones is considered one of the greatest of all time in MMA.”

It is safe to say that despite the back and forth, Fury still holds Jones in great regard. However, at the same time, he does not think the UFC great is unbeatable and thinks Aspinall can beat him.

Can Tom Aspinall beat Jon Jones?

According to Fury, Tom Aspinall is a promising prospect and the only one who can defeat Jones. Aspinall happens to be British and a dear friend of Tyson. Not to mention, the two are also training partners despite competing in distinct sports. His current record stands at 13 wins with only three defeats.

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He is a well-rounded fighter who can fight on his feet and on the ground. Aspinall has also showcased impressive takedown defense. He has been on a great run recently and is coming off a stunning victory against Marcin Tybura. Reflecting on his skillsets, Fury stated in the same interview, “If anyone can beat Jon Jones it’ll be Tom Aspinall. Sure, nobody else.” 

Meanwhile, many think the WBC heavyweight champion is speaking from a place of bias. So, we are curious to know what you make of Fury’s assessment. Share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comments below.

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Harddit Bedi

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Harddit Bedi is a passionate Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering the off-court drama of athletes. He has a keen interest in the untold stories of boxers. Harddit is a firm believer in the primal nature of boxing, which he views as the oldest and most fundamental sport known to mankind.
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Stefan Thomas

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