Anthony Joshua sends a warning to UFC fighters calling him out

Anthony Joshua isn't backing down from the UFC fighters asking to face him

Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua is getting a little tired hearing his name being mentioned by so many fighters in the UFC.

In recent months, Joshua has been challenged numerous times by current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and then more recently he’s even come up as a rumored opponent for former title challenger Alistair Overeem.

Joshua, who is set to face off with Kubrat Pulev at the end of October, responded to the constant callouts when speaking to the Daily Star Online.

“I’ll still smash up those UFC fighters if I wanted. You can’t talk to me like that,” Joshua said.

“I’ll give them a slap. I’m a fighter, you don’t just call people out recklessly.”

While Miocic has actually challenged Joshua to meet him in a boxing match, the reigning WBA, IBO and IBF heayvweight champion doesn’t seem to think he’d fare too poorly in a mixed martial arts fight either.

Joshua admits he doesn’t know the first thing about submissions, but he knows how to throw a hellish punch and even mentions other weapons in his arsenal should he face off with a mixed martial artist.

“I’m not a UFC fighter. I can’t put you in a submission — but I know how to throw my legs, I know how to use my elbows and I know how to punch people,” Joshua said.

“That’s my only disadvantage, the submissions. But I’ll throw it down, for sure.”

Joshua testing the waters in mixed martial arts certainly sounds like an enticing possibility but it’s not likely to happen soon if ever.

Joshua reportedly made around $20 million for his last fight against Wladimir Klitschko after money was recouped from pay-per-view sales so unless the UFC really wants to up the ante on what he would be paid in mixed martial arts, it’s not likely he’ll be exiting the boxing ring any time soon.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.