As the long-time WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder has so far proven himself in the realm of boxing. And like some of his contemporaries, he is also toying with the idea of crossing over into mixed martial arts.
“I’ve spoke out about that before, of course, for me I’ll fight you in my sport and I’ll come to your sport and do it too,” Wilder told ThaBoxingVoice about a possible transition to MMA (transcript by TalkSport). “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 motherf—ng man for 36 minutes,” he continued. “But I wouldn’t mind going into his world as well too. One for one. May the best man win.”
Despite all the talk, the 34-year-old boxer isn’t counting on these plans to become a reality.
“You know, all this is fantasy talk,” he said. “I don’t think anything nothing 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.”
Wilder is set for his 11th title defense as he faces Tyson Fury in a rematch on February 22nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.