Deontay Wilder, the former WBC heavyweight champion, has once again expressed his desire to transition to mixed martial arts (MMA) and compete in the UFC. Wilder, who has been linked to a potential MMA fight with Francis Ngannou, told ESNews that he is serious about making the move and believes that he can be successful in both boxing and MMA.
"I'm trying to join the UFC family. I want to make the transition and box and perform in the UFC at the same time. I'm serious," Wilder said. "I got a lot of calls, and I can imagine myself in both sports." Wilder cited the complexities of negotiating and contracting boxing matches as a reason for his frustration with the sport.
He believes that the UFC provides a more streamlined and transparent system for fighters. "In the UFC, you don't have to worry about scores, managers, promoters and everything else," Wilder said. "The best fight the best as Dana makes sure the best get what they want.
He himself said that it's not about racking up scores, but about the best fighting each other. It's something where I want to be."
Wilder also expressed his belief that he can be a champion in both boxing and MMA
"I can do this for a few more years, and I want to do my best.
I want to squeeze everything out, before I run out of time. I want to use the benefits of both worlds, and I can be a champion in both, in boxing and in MMA," Wilder said. Wilder's potential move to the UFC would be a huge deal for the organization.
Wilder is one of the most popular boxers in the world, and his addition would undoubtedly boost the UFC's profile. Dana White, the UFC president, has previously expressed interest in signing Wilder. However, it remains to be seen if a deal can be reached.
Wilder's ambition to compete in MMA is a testament to his competitive spirit and desire to push himself. Whether or not he is successful in the UFC remains to be seen, but his willingness to challenge himself is commendable.