Tyson Fury was spotted in a gym working on his grappling abilities with Nick Diaz.
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced his retirement from professional boxing after his final outing against Dillian Whyte but maintains firm on his stance to take on UFC heavyweight king Francis Ngannou in an exhibition bout.
Tyson Fury trains grappling
After a brutal knockout win over Whyte, Tyson Fury invited Ngannou to the ring in his post-fight celebrations. The pair promoted their potential crossover fight as ‘The Gypsy King’ officially hung up the gloves. Their clash hasn’t been planned out as of yet but reports indicate a hybrid ruleset for the exhibition.
In a post uploaded by Nick Diaz on his Instagram, Tyson Fury can be seen training his grappling techniques in multiple photos. As a specialist in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Diaz is well versed to coach the English boxer on his chops on the mat.
Fury took to the comments to add to the post.
“Nice bit of rolling around the mat”
Nick Diaz looking for a shot at the title
UFC legend Nick Diaz has largely remained out of action since his fight against Anderson Silva in 2015. Having returned for a sole fight against Robbie Lawler, Diaz looked sharp with his boxing but seemed to lack the will to go the distance as he succumbed to a TKO by retirement.
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Diaz expressed his ambitions for another shot at the title.
“If I’m going to fight, I want to fight for the title. They want to say that I want to fight a bunch of guys and stuff like that. Well, you know what? It’s a bigger fight”
“Just skip all the mess. I don’t need to go in there and get my ass whooped by one of the young guys, anyway – and it’s not that I won’t win. I want to fight for the title. I’m 38 years old. I think I’ll beat him. … I would love it if they gave me a shot.”
While a shot at the UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is highly unlikely for the Stockton native, another fight against a veteran will be the most reasonable option for Diaz.