Deontay Wilder Considers ‘Mixed Rules’ Fight With Ngannou

December 8, 2023
3 months
Deontay Wilder Considers 'Mixed Rules' Fight With Ngannou

Deontay Wilder is willing to face Francis Ngannou in a ‘mixed rules’ fight, provided there are clear boundaries over what he can do.

The Bronze Bomber and Ngannou were reportedly in talks over a fight for some time; before the latter faced Tyson Fury, Wilder and Ngannou had been linked with a two-fight deal. One fight was on course for the boxing ring, with Wilder crossing over to MMA. The fight failed to materialise as Ngannou faced the Gypsy King. However, Wilder has maintained that he is open to a ‘mixed rules’ fight. This is as long as the rules are clearly defined.

Wilder Reacts

“I’d have to hear more about these ‘mixed rules.’ I wouldn’t mind fighting in the octagon and stuff, but I’d have to understand how these mixed rules are distributed. What do they mean ‘mixed rules?’ What can and can’t we do? But I know for sure – one fight in boxing and then one fight in MMA – the rules are what they are.

“We’ve got rules in boxing, we’ve got rules in mixed martial arts. But when you’re mixing both together now you have to come up with your own rules and it can get kind of frustrating or confusing. But it could be something that’s new and I’m all about change. I’d need to hear it, both parties would need to hear it, and then go from there,” Wilder said

Nevertheless, the chances of a fight happening under those terms are slim. If Wilder’s ambition is to become undisputed at heavyweight, then a bout with Ngannou does nothing for his legacy. In addition, facing the former UFC heavyweight champion could have severe repercussions for his career if he suffered from an injury.

Unlike the boxing world, Ngannou would be free to utilize the extra weapons in his arsenal against someone making their debut in this regard. Although there is a chance that Wilder can stop anyone with his right hand, if Ngannou took the fight to the ground, it would be tough to see how the Bronze Bomber would proceed.

Will It Happen?

But one thing Wilder has shown is that he is willing to take risks. Despite being stopped by Fury in the second fight, the boxer was ready to have a trilogy as he went out on his shield in their last fight. And following the news of his multi-fight deal in Saudi Arabia, an Ngannou fight could become a reality.

“The timing (of an Ngannou fight) is gonna be a little tricky. [This is] because of what we have going on with Saudi. I just signed a contract with Saudi. An amazing contract with Saudi. Exciting contract with Saudi. I-can’t-mother-f—ing-wait contract with Saudi.

“So these next few fights are going to be with Saudi. After this we’ll see what happens. But I’m just happy right now to be a part of what’s going on in the boxing industry. I’m looking forward to the future,” Wilder said

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