Fury: MMA is for people who can’t box

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury continues to ruffle feathers outside the ring, this time taking a swipe at mixed martial arts fighters.

The Brit has continued to make the headlines long after his upset win over Wladimir Klitschko in Germany. First it was for his comments about homosexuality and the role of women, but now he appears to be picking on someone his own size.

During an interview with The MMA Hour on Youtube, the undefeated boxer inevitably aired his thoughts about the discipline.

"I think MMA is for people who can't box, basically," said the 27-year-old, who has 25 wins and 18 KO's.

"That's just my opinion on that. It's not really entertaining for me. The only time it's entertaining is when they stand up and punch each other. That's what I think fans like as well.

"I don't think anyone likes to see people roll about the floor. I think people want to see the stand-up punching. Even the referee when they're on the floor to get up, get into it. I think I speak on behalf of a lot of people that the best parts of MMA is when they're standing up and trading punches."

However, never shy of a fight, Fury was quick to confirm that he would be eager to step into the ring with one of the greats of the sport.

"I'm the heavyweight champion of the world in boxing and I'd like to unify and switch," added the Gypsy King.

"I'd like to fight the UFC heavyweight champion. I've been calling [former champion] Cain Velasquez out for two years and then he got beaten, so it showed you what I said was about right.

"I just want to fight the best, the best stand-up fighter in the world. Whoever is the best stand-up fighter in the world, I want to fight him because I believe I'm that man. I don't care if he wants to kick, whatever he wants to do. We can have an all-in fight because I believe I'm the best combat fighter on the planet."