Tyson Fury believes UFC interim champion Conor McGregor has used him as a template for his renowned trash-talking and believes the Irishman can defeat Jose Aldo in the manner that he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to win the world heavyweight boxing championship.
Like Klitschko in boxing, the Brazilian Aldo has not been beaten for 10 years in mixed martial arts. McGregor faces Aldo in the last of 31 MMA fights in the biggest three day series of events the UFC has ever hosted here in Sin City this week over Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
“I am familiar with a man named Conor McGregor. I think he copied me in everything he does,” Fury told The MMA Hour this week. “I was the first trash talker – big time – in these shores, first one in Ireland. Then all of a sudden, he started copying me, this Conor McGregor guy.
“I grew a big beard. He grew a big beard. I talk b——- about everybody, he starts talking b——- about everybody. And it worked for the heavyweight champ of the world. It must work for Conor McGregor, some guy who’s like 140 pounds or whatever is.”
Fury admits to being a fan of McGregor. “I am a fan of his. He’s copied my style. I better admire him for it. I’ve never met him, but the guy is a very entertaining character. Conor McGregor got me actually physically watching MMA and wanted to check the results. Because the way he was carrying on, I thought, ‘This guy has definitely got a bit of myself in this guy. I want to check him out’.
“I saw the fight with the Mendes guy, the interim champion and I will be watching the Aldo fight because he’s got a lot to say, hasn’t he?”
“It’s a bit like my fight with Klitschko,” added Fury. “Aldo was the reigning champion for many years, [McGregor]’s a young kid on the block coming up shouting his mouth off. Some people say he’s a pretender, some people say he’s the real deal.”
“Klitschko was the long-reigning champion on the block, I was a guy some people said was a pretender, some people think I can fight, some people think I can fight. So, it’s very, very much similarity between me and Conor McGregor. I’m living proof that it can be done. I beat Klitschko, he can beat Jose Aldo. Why not? For sure.”