UFC Star Rob Font Open to Move to Boxing, But Has No Interest in Bare-Knuckle

If you’re waiting to see Rob Font use his particularly effective style of stand-up fighting in a bare-knuckle promotion like BKFC, please don’t hold your breath.

The New England Cartel member has no plans of entering that realm of fisticuffs when his days as a top-ranked UFC bantamweight are over. When asked about the route many of his counterparts have taken to extend their combative days a bit further, Rob Font simply told Sportnaut’s Scrap Report, “I don’t know about that.”

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Font’s reluctance to dabble in another discipline didn’t extend to the more accepted version of the sweet science. But it isn’t a move he’d consider lightly.

“I’ve always wanted to get in a couple of boxing matches anyways,” Font said. “So I can definitely see [myself] getting in there and mixing it up. Man, that’s tough though because I have so much respect for these high-level boxers. I wouldn’t play around with it. It would have to be something serious. Ideally, a better matchup for me if I got into that.”

Rob Font, who holds wins over celebrated strikers such as former WSOF champion Marlon Morales, former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt, and current Bellator bantamweight king Sergio Pettis, credits the hard lessons he’s learned developing his hands for that perspective. 

Rob Font record: 20-6 (9 KO, 4 submissions)

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“I get what they’re doing. I appreciate what they’re doing. I spar with boxers all [of] the time. It’s rough. It’s just always a rough day.”

There is one exception to that principle: A fight with undefeated former champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. who in recent years has turned his retirement from dominating the world’s best into a series of high-dollar exhibition novelties.

In his exclusive chat on the first episode of the Scrap Report, Font also gave his thoughts on the pivotal bantamweight contests scheduled for UFC 292 in August, how fatherhood has impacted his motivation, and bouncing back after two consecutive tough losses.

In addition to his own main card bout with Yadong Song, Aljamain Sterling defends his title against rising star “Suga” Sean O’Malley. Also, former two division champion Henry Cejudo will meet recent Font opponent Marlon “Chito” Vera.  

Font was last seen in the Octagon earning a Performance of the Night bonus for a stunning first-round knockout of Adrian Yanez.

Related: UFC bantamweight rankings: Four top-5 fighters will battle at UFC 292

UFC 292 will take place on August 19th from the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. The main card will begin at 10 PM ET and is available exclusively on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

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