Dana White Makes Surprising Admission About Deontay Wilder's Ring-Walk Excuse
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Dana White has claimed that Deontay Wilder's ring-walk attire 'definitely' played a part in his defeat to Tyson Fury last month.
Fury defeated Wilder at the MGM Grand to hand the 'Bronze Bomber' his first ever professional defeat.
Wilder has made numerous excuses following the defeat including blaming the 40lb suit of armour he walked to the ring in.
Many have mocked the 34-year-old for his claims but UFC president White agrees with Wilder.
"I think there's a lot to it. Fury looked awesome, Fury looked great, Fury fought a great fight, Fury fought a perfect fight," he told TMZ Sports.
"But if you think about boxing and fights when fighters are getting ready, they're in the back, they're relaxing, some guys sleep, some guys just lay around and chill then you time it out and do your warm-up, then you throw something on to get warm.
"You don't put all this gear on and all this stuff. That's why I don't do any of that bulls*** in the UFC. I don't like it."
Despite agreeing with the costume playing a part in the result, White insists it's not the sole reason for Wilder's defeat.
"It definitely played a part in his performance, yeah. Throwing on a 50-pound weighted vest and walking out to a ring for a heavyweight championship fight... you've never seen anyone do that in history.
"Is that the reason he lost? The reason he lost is because Fury is a badass boxer who fought the perfect fight that night and executed his game-plan but it played a factor in why Deontay lost."
The aftermath of Wilder's comments have seen fans uncover numerous instances of the former Olympian contradicting himself.
One key instance came when he told Joe Rogan he trains in a 45lbs vest, a weight heavier than his ring-walk attire.
Deontay Wilder confirms during a guest appearance on @joerogan podcast in December 2018 that he specifically trains wearing a "45-pound vest" to carry extra weight to activate his "twitch muscles"
Bizarre then that his ring costume weighing an alleged 40 pounds is blamed? pic.twitter.com/qwWMLuG7sc
- Against The Ropes (@ATRboxinguk) February 26, 2020
Wilder tells the UFC commentator:
"I wear a 45lb vest during all my exercises and everything that I do, to have that extra weight on me."
He claims that the extra weight allows for his 'twitch muscles' to perform at a higher level.
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