Francis Ngannou reacts to Tyson Fury’s call for a mixed rules match: ‘We all need this fight’

Francis NgannouFrancis Ngannou is ready to sign on the dotted line for a fight with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Formerly the UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou walked away from a contract that would have made him the highest-paid heavyweight in the promotion’s 30-year history. Instead, ‘The Predator’ will focus on testing his mettle in the […]

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Francis Ngannou is ready to sign on the dotted line for a fight with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Formerly the UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou walked away from a contract that would have made him the highest-paid heavyweight in the promotion’s 30-year history. Instead, ‘The Predator’ will focus on testing his mettle in the sweet science and it’s looking like ‘The Gypsy King’ will be the man to greet him inside the squared circle. Fury recently called for a mixed-rules fight with Ngannou during an interview with Seconds Out.

“You [Francis Ngannou] want to earn some big boy money? Come see the Gypsy King and let’s do a big, big fight for the baddest mother f*cker on the planet. Let’s kick it up spicy, in a cage, four-ounce gloves under Queensbury [rules] and let’s have a bada** referee like ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. Did I just sell that to the world?”

After Two Years of Talk, Francis Ngannou is Ready to Make a Fight With Tyson Fury a Reality

It’s far from the first time the two heavy hitters have expressed interest in scrapping with one another, but ‘The Predator’ hopes that their desire to throw hands with one another with go beyond social media and become reality.

“Let me remind you that Tyson Fury and I have been warming up on social media for more than two years,” Ngannou said in an interview with Canal Afrique. Obviously, we all need this fight. It’s been long enough. Hopefully we have the possibility of dotting the i’s” (Transcribed by MMA News)

Capturing the UFC heavyweight championship with a second-round knockout of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260, Francis Ngannou spent the next year engaging in a very public contract dispute with the promotion. He returned to the Octagon at UFC 270 and successfully defended his title against Ciryl Gane. Following the fight, it was revealed that ‘The Predator’ needed to undergo knee surgery that would keep him on the shelf for the majority of the following year. During that time, Ngannou and the UFC were unable to come to terms on a new contract leaving UFC president Dana White no choice, but to part ways with the Cameroonian heavyweight and strip him of the heavyweight title in the process.

With the heavyweight throne empty, former light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones will return this March to challenge No. 1 ranked heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane to crown a new king of the division.

Francis Ngannou Responds To Tyson Fury’s Mixed-Rules Challenge

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou has shared his thoughts on WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury’s latest callout. The pair have been teasing a potential superfight for two years now. ‘The Predator’ was unable to move fo…

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou has shared his thoughts on WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury’s latest callout. The pair have been teasing a potential superfight for two years now. ‘The Predator’ was unable to move forward with the bout while he was under contract to the UFC. This month, however, the Cameroonian slugger was…

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Kenny Florian says the PFL has ‘intriguing matchups’ for Francis Ngannou in their heavyweight division

Kenny Florian Francis NgannouFrancis Ngannou is the hottest free agent in combat sports today. Kenny Florian, former UFC fighter and current PFL commentator, said the PFL’s heavyweight division could offer the Cameroonian star some very interesting matchups. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Kenny Florian explained that the signing would be monumental for the sport: “I think signing […]

Kenny Florian Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou is the hottest free agent in combat sports today. Kenny Florian, former UFC fighter and current PFL commentator, said the PFL’s heavyweight division could offer the Cameroonian star some very interesting matchups.

In an interview with MMA Junkie, Kenny Florian explained that the signing would be monumental for the sport:

“I think signing Francis Ngannou would be massive – not only for the PFL, but for the sport/ It’s going to get fighters to scratch their heads and go, ‘Hmm, maybe I could go over there.’ I think it would allow the PFL to get a ton of respect and eventually get even more great fighters.”

Kenny Florian says the top PFL heavyweights could hang with Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou is the former UFC heavyweight world champion. He never lost his title, instead, he stepped away from the organization due to contractual negotiations falling through. Boxing, PFL, Bellator, ONE Championship, GLORY Kickboxing, and others, have been rumored to be offering the number-one-ranked heavyweight lucrative contracts.

The PFL’s heavyweight division, according to Kenny Florian, would be able to give Francis Ngannou some issues. He continued:

“Him fighting whoever ends up being the champion for the PFL I think would be really intriguing. As far as the heavyweight division, we may not have the same depth as the UFC in the heavyweight division, but I think the top three or four guys in the PFL, I think they can hang with a lot of the top three or four guys in the UFC, no question about it. “I think a lot of our heavyweights, whether we’re talking about Ante Delija, Bruno Cappelozza – we have a ton of talent in the PFL in the heavyweight division, and I think there’s a lot of intriguing matchups and potential for them against Francis Ngannou.”

Randy Couture praises Francis Ngannou for UFC negotiation battle: “I’m proud of him for what he’s done.”

Randy Couture, Francis Ngannou, UFCUFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture commended Francis Ngannou for his fight with the UFC.  Earlier this month, Ngannou was stripped of the UFC heavyweight title and became a free agent after failed negotiations with the company. According to Ngannou, he asked for the right of sponsorships, health insurance, and an advocate that represented fighters […]

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UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture commended Francis Ngannou for his fight with the UFC. 

Earlier this month, Ngannou was stripped of the UFC heavyweight title and became a free agent after failed negotiations with the company. According to Ngannou, he asked for the right of sponsorships, health insurance, and an advocate that represented fighters at board meetings. He said the UFC was unwilling to accept his requests. 

Like Ngannou, Couture is no stranger to negotiating with the UFC. During his run as heavyweight champion, he had a rocky relationship with the company. In an attempt to leave the promotion, Couture took the UFC to court from 2006 to 2007 to be let go from his contract. He ended up settling the dispute and later returning to the UFC. 

Randy Couture and the UFC Have a Tough History

During an interview with MMA Fighting, Couture spoke about his past struggles dealing with his UFC and their negotiations. 

“The history is there,” Couture said. “When [Zuffa] bought the company, I took them to task over their ancillary rights and the crappy contract they were trying to force me to sign as their heavyweight champion. We asked and put some more clauses in there. The upside to that is I got a much better deal moving forward. The downside is they closed a bunch of the loopholes in those crappy contracts and made it more difficult for other fighters moving forward.” (h/t MMA Fighting)

The 59-year-old also shared his thoughts on Ngannou’s contract dispute and his fight for improved fighter benefits. He also admitted that he hasn’t spoken with Ngannou directly. 

The money they threw at Francis was pretty significant and probably as much as anybody’s gotten paid in our sport but it was the other things ­— health insurance, a fighter’s representative, some of those things that he asked for that were outside of that, that caused them to drop him,” Couture said. “They don’t want to give up that power.

They don’t want to give up those things. They want to be able to control the fighters the way they want to control them. They don’t like that transparency. They keep those numbers pretty close to their vest so they don’t have to negotiate with fighters who know what their value is in the market place, that’s how that shakes out.” (h/t MMA Fighting)

Couture hopes to see more top fighters, like Ngannou, become the voice of change in mixed martial arts.

Francis is probably the closest to a top tier, marquee fighter that was literally holding the belt in the heavyweight division and put that on the line to make a statement. I’m proud of him for what he’s done. Hopefully, more fighters step up.” (h/t MMA Fighting)

Randy Couture Clarifies Role In Francis Ngannou/UFC Standoff

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture feels Francis Ngannou handled himself admirably during his standoff with the UFC. Ngannou’s UFC tenure came to an end after the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a new contract. He was stripped of the heavy…

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture feels Francis Ngannou handled himself admirably during his standoff with the UFC. Ngannou’s UFC tenure came to an end after the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a new contract. He was stripped of the heavyweight title. Ngannou, despite being arguably one of the best UFC heavyweights of…

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Arnold Allen Pitches Surprising Destination For Francis Ngannou Post-UFC 

UFC featherweight contender Arnold Allen has given his take on where former heavyweight king Francis Ngannou should end up following his exit from the promotion. Ngannou currently sits as one of combat sports’ hottest free agents of all time, a t…

UFC featherweight contender Arnold Allen has given his take on where former heavyweight king Francis Ngannou should end up following his exit from the promotion. Ngannou currently sits as one of combat sports’ hottest free agents of all time, a tag he acquired without restriction earlier this month when the UFC waived its right to…

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