If he wasn’t knocking out opponents inside the boxing ring, Dillian Whyte believes he would have no trouble doing the same in an MMA cage.
Whyte (27-1), who only fought once before in MMA, spoke with The Sun regarding the sport. He was specifically calling out fighters within the UFC. Even if he hasn’t competed since 2008, Whyte believes he could take out Stipe Miocic, the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, and Francis Ngannou.
“I have not trained in kickboxing or MMA for a while but, for me, it is like riding a bike,” Whyte stated.
“Once I knock off some of the rust, my instincts come rushing back and I am ready to dominate again. The heavyweight guys over there, champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, are elite and I would have to work on my grappling and wrestling. But I know, standing up and boxing in 4oz gloves, I could knock ANY of their top-ten heavyweights out.”
Both Miocic (19-3) and Ngannou (14-3) have boxing backgrounds. Ngannou has actually considered moving over to boxing. He believes with enough time he can match well with any of boxing’s elite. Whyte, however, see’s an issue with that. Taking into account his last two losses, he believes Ngannou is an easy target.
“I have called Ngannou a coward because, for a guy who is 6ft 4in tall and 18st, he has not shown enough heart in his two defeats,” Whyte went on to say. “He was on a ten-fight win streak, mostly first-round wins against journeymen, and as soon as he stepped up he lost twice, when people did not just stand there and let him hit them.”
Ngannou is on a three-fight win streak. He lost to Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Title in January 2018. Right after, he faced Derrick Lewis in a UFC 226 fight that saw no action by either fighter. Lewis ended up winning the bout via unanimous decision.
Whyte has not lost a bout since 2015. “The Body Snatcher” fought twice in 2019, beating Oscar Rivas for the WBC interim Heavyweight Title and against Mariusz Wach in December. He is currently set to face off against Alexander Povetkin at some point this year. Along with calling out Ngannou, Whyte would be interested in fighting for gold in the UFC.
“Ngannou said he would fancy a boxing match but I notice he didn’t mention my name even after I publicly called him a coward. Says it all really,” Whyte said. “However, I like the sound of stepping over to the UFC, seeing what sort of deal could be done. Becoming heavyweight champion in both is something no one has ever come close to doing before.
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