Dana White Not Surprised By Tyson Fury Callout Of Francis Ngannou

Fury recently called out Ngannou with Top Rank Boxing revealing that they were open to co-promoting the matchup with the UFC.

Dana White 2
Dana White 2

UFC president Dana White was not surprised that Tyson Fury recently called out Francis Ngannou.

Ahead of Ngannou’s heavyweight title defense against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 next week, the WBC heavyweight champion called out Ngannou and asked fans what they’d think of them boxing with UFC gloves on.

Ngannou was open to the prospect but offered a counter proposal in the form of an MMA fight using boxing gloves.

“How about MMA rules with boxing gloves? I can do you that favor.”

Of course, boxers and MMA fighters calling each other out is nothing new.

But this was made more interesting when Fury’s co-promoter Top Rank revealed the fight was a no-brainer and that they would be open to co-promoting it along with the UFC.

The main point being that negotiations would be easier given that both properties had their media rights tied to ESPN.

Dana White: Boxers Need To Fight

As far as White was concerned, he wasn’t surprised by the callout.

But not in a good way, as he believes boxers need to stay active and fight people in their own sport rather than calling out UFC fighters.

“These boxing guys need guys to fight,” White said at the UFC Vegas 46 post-fight press conference (via LowKickMMA). “None of this surprises me. That’s what it shows, you know what I mean? Doesn’t surprise me at all.”

For now, Fury is expected to fight Dillian Whyte in the coming months. But could a fight with Ngannou happen in the near future? It seems unlikely, but anything is possible.

Especially if Ngannou were to depart the UFC.

Published on January 16, 2022 at 5:26 pm
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