Former world boxing champion Deontay Wilder has once again talked up his interest in trying his hand at mixed martial arts. This time, he stated outright that he wishes to join the UFC:
"Let Ngannou perform in the UFC, but it's still combat sports. He risked his life and got the chance to be in the rankings. I hope Ngannou stays in boxing because I'm also trying to balance boxing and mixed martial arts; I have a busy schedule now.
I'm trying to join the UFC family. I want to combine boxing and UFC; I'm serious about it. I've already received many calls. I'm doing this because boxing isn't progressing as fast as I would like, boxers are afraid to have fights.
If you have a fight in the UFC, you don't have to worry about records, managers, organizing fights, or anything else. The best will fight the best because Dana will make sure they get what they want.
That's where I want to be. I have a few years left, so I can do it. I just want to make the most of my time.
I have a lot going on right now. I just want to contribute to both worlds; I want to be a champion in both the UFC and boxing," said Wilder to ESNews.
Deontay Wilder's next fight will take place on December 23 in Saudi Arabia. His opponent will be former world champion Joseph Parker.