WATCH: World Champ Boxer Seeks MMA Superfight With Brock Lesnar
UFC lightweight star Conor McGregor and veteran boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather certainly have started a new trend after their boxing super fight. The popular mixed martial artist took Mayweather to the tenth round in his professional boxing debut, before tiring and being TKO’d by the ageing pugilist after he was unable to effectively defend himself along the ropes.
Despite the outcome that many fans and pundits alike thought was inevitable, the super fight between McGregor and Mayweather has opened a Pandora’s box for combat sports stars looking to cross over from one discipline to another. UFC light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa has called out boxing star David Haye, while WBC world champ Tony Bellew has said he’d be interested in taking on UFC middleweight king Michael Bisping.
Now another major boxing star has expressed interested in stepping into unknown territory, with Deontay Wilder declaring he’d like to enter the octagon in a bout against former UFC heavyweight champion and WWE legend Brock Lesnar.
The WBC champ already has his next fight in the works, taking on Cuban southpaw slugger Luis Ortiz on November 4th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Wilder said he’d love to get in the cage with Lesnar.
“I mean if the price is right, of course!” Wilder explained. Regardless of not ever having fought a mixed martial arts bout, Wilder is confident he could win. “I win of course, I’ll go to the octagon with him. Why wouldn’t I?”
Wilder describes himself as talented “when it comes to the UFC too,” so while his muay thai and wrestling skills may not be the sharpest in the shed, he believes his hands would easily make up for his deficiencies in other areas of mixed martial arts.
Could this fight actually take place? The odds are slim after Lesnar was flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Authority (USADA) following his UFC 200 bout against heavyweight favourite Mark Hunt. Lesnar had been absent from mixed martial arts and the UFC for almost five years until his return in July of 2016, and his victory over Hunt was later overturned to become a no-contest. However, Lesnar’s suspension for his failed drug test has now expired, so he is able to pursue a mixed martial arts bout if he chooses to.
Could he end up fighting Deontay Wilder next in the octagon?
Check out the interview with Wilder below and let us know what you think!