Wilder v Fury Preview: Wilder open to UFC switch as bookies back Fury to dethrone ‘Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder claims he could cross over to the UFC when he has finished with Tyson Fury on February 22, but as far as the bookmakers are concerned his post-match focus may be on trying to regain the world heavyweight title.

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Wilder escaped with his WBC belt thanks to a controversial draw when he defended against Fury in late 2018, and having made fight fans wait over a year for the rematch the two men will finally meet for a second time in Las Vegas next month.

The pressure is on ‘The Bronze Bomber’ to leave no doubts this time, but he is clearly not feeling it because in the build-up to the huge contest he has been entertaining the possibility that he could sign up for a UFC fight before his career in combat sports is over.

“I only have six years and theoretically speaking anything can happen in that time-frame,” he told TheBoxingVoice.

“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 man for 36 minutes. But I wouldn’t mind going into his world as well too. One for one, may the best man win. 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.”

Wilder’s comments are, quite frankly, nothing short of delusional and there would be a long line of heavyweights lining up to teach the unbeaten boxing champion a serious lesson should he sign on the dotted line with the UFC for a bout.

They would take him down in a heartbeat, pick a limb or grab his neck and force him to tap out, so Wilder should be more concerned with ‘staying in his lane’, and that lane is the ‘sweet science’ where he continues to be at the forefront of the heavyweight division courtesy of his incredible knockout power.

As you will know from our free Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury 2 tips we are backing him to drop and finish Fury when they rematch on February 22, but the bookmakers have other ideas and believe the former world heavyweight champion will teach the unbeaten champion another boxing lesson to this time leave with the WBC belt.

William Hill has Fury as an 8/11 favourite at the time of writing, with a Wilder win priced up at 11/10 with another draw between the two men being made available at 20/1.