Don’t expect Deontay Wilder to be competing inside an MMA cage any time soon — and he says it’s for the safety of the true MMA fighters.
In recent years, MMA fighters have teased going into boxing and vice-versa. These ideas increased in steam after Conor McGregor jumped into boxing to fight Floyd Mayweather in August 2017 — a fight that became the second-most bought event in combat sports.
Most recently this year, Jorge Masvidal and Canelo Alvarez have traded barbs about facing one another, and Tyson Fury, while training with Darren Till, teased an MMA fight one day.
But Wilder, who defends the WBC heavyweight championship against Fury on February 22, says a move into MMA would bring about horrifying results for MMA combatants.
“I’ve spoke out about that before. For me, I’ll fight you in my sport and I’ll come to your sport and do it too,” Wilder said. “I feel MMA, they allow you to get on top of your opponent and bash his face in with velocity and speed coming downwards. Four-ounce gloves, I already talk about getting people out of the ring, but that would definitely be the sport where I show it, man. It’s just different rules, different things, I’m built with a set of skills, I have a lot of intellect and a lot of knowledge of combat, period.
“So I see all the MMA guys always come to boxing because in boxing you have to stand on your feet, you have to be a [expletive] man for 36 minutes. But I wouldn’t mind going into his world as well too. One for one. May the best man win.
“You know, all this is fantasy talk. I don’t think anything will ever come to fruition. I’m just too dangerous of a man in any type of combat sports. I really would end a life because I have the power to, and that’s just the damn truth.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene