After Tyson Fury knocked out Dillian Whyte in the sixth round of their heavyweight title fight (review here), ‘The Gypsy King’ surprised everyone by bringing in the current Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion. (UFC), Francis Ngannou, inside the ring to announce a potential “hybrid fight” between the two behemoths.
Sounds like a good idea, but will it actually happen?
Of course, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) relaxed its once-strict rules that contracted fighters couldn’t compete in other forms of combat outside of the Octagon – which was one of many sticking points. in Fedor Emelianenko’s hesitation to sign with the promotion.
But jiu-jitsu tournaments are one thing, a boxing match is another.
And considering that this one will involve one of his champions with an uncertain future, the chances of him getting the nod from Dana White and Co. seem pretty slim at the moment.
Everyone will be pointing to Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, but this was a unique exception that involved the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) box office draw ever and one of, not to the, the greatest boxers of our generation. Plus, we can’t forget that the UFC also got a big slice of that pie, which was a big factor in getting the nod.
While Ngannou vs. Fury sounds good, it’s not Mayweather vs. McGregor. Ngannou is a scary man once he steps into the cage, but he’s yet to prove he’s a box office machine. And when you take into consideration that he and the UFC have been at odds over a new contract, the odds are heavily stacked against him. Because Dana White can say he’s had great conversations with “The Predator” all he wants, but until he’s signed to a new deal, the tension is still there. likely the.
Additionally, the hard-hitting big man is still recovering from knee surgery, which will keep him out until 2023. So while a lot could happen in the next 10-12 months, we cannot hold our collective breath for this. one to go down.
And I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer, I would love to see this fight… if it was a real boxing match. The fact that they both want a “hybrid” fight that includes a boxing ring, MMA gloves, and special rules just sounds…weird. If this was an MMA fight, Ngannou is tooling the big man. In a direct boxing match, Fury possesses Ngannou.
It is a story as old as time.
Ultimately, the only way this fight plays out is if, by some miracle, the UFC plays ball and co-promotes one more time, or just grants Ngannou his full release to let him do what he does. he wants with his fighting career in the future.
I just don’t see either of those options happening anytime soon…