UFC President Dana White regards Tyson Fury as the top heavyweight in the division.
Fury returns on Saturday night, when he makes his Las Vegas debut against Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The contest will be the first for Fury, since fighting to a controversial twelve round split draw with WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Fury recovered from two hard knockdowns to finish out the fight.
Fury believes that he’s the top dog of the weight class.
And White does not disagree.
“Yeah, I wouldn’t say that I disagree with that you know (ranking Tyson Fury as the top heavyweight). He looked great in the Wilder fight. Wilder crushed him with that shot he hit him with and he actually got back up which is crazy,” White said to BT Sport.
“When Wilder hits people they don’t get back up. He actually did. That Wilder-Tyson fight is a fun fight. Yeah, I’d say he, (Fury) is number one right now. It would be tough to not call him number one.”
White ranks the top fighters as Fury, then Wilder, then unified champion Andy Ruiz, and then former beltholder Anthony Joshua.
“Yeah, you got it, 100 percent,” White responded to the four man rankings. “Now, you got four exciting, explosive guys with great personalities. Real punching power to finish fights. It couldn’t be better.”
Wilder is coming off a knockout win over Dominic Breazeale in May. He will take part in a rematch with Luis Ortiz on a date in September. Another win would send Wilder to a potential rematch with Fury in early 2020.
Joshua was stopped by Ruiz in seven rounds back on June 1. A rematch is in the works for the fall of this year.