Francis Ngannou did not mince his words regarding a potential fight with Tyson Fury.
Ngannou is currently recovering from knee surgery after defeating former teammate Ciryl Gane in January at UFC 270. ‘The Predator’ completely tore his MCL and had damage to his ACL, and on Thursday, he gave an update via his own YouTube channel.
“I feel very happy and at peace with my choices. I don’t want anything to dictate my behavior or my choices unless it’s my feelings. ‘I am the undisputed heavyweight champion. It could be out for six months. Or eight. Or maybe five regarding of how the surgery goes. I have ACL damage and the MCL [was] completely torn. [It needed] reconstruction,” Ngannou said. “I also needed time to figure out my contract situation and wherever I’m going right now because the UFC and I have to really sit down and talk real business but this time with real consideration. They have to take me seriously.”
Ngannou has made it very clear that he wants to box Tyson Fury, and Fury has teased the idea. The heavyweight champion made it very clear, it better be in a boxing ring because Fury would get killed if it was in the octagon. Ngannou said he would fight him in a phone booth if need be.
“I don’t really care about what it would be. I just think it’ll be a fight against Tyson Fury. It can be in a phone booth or wherever but that fight will happen,” Ngannou said. “Obviously, he would not come to MMA, he would get killed.”
“Basically in the heavyweight division, if you see people getting in the octagon or in the ring that weighs around 270lbs, everybody can knock everybody out that’s a fact. Also, it is not easy to knock somebody out, it is not easy to find somebody and land on them cleanly so it could also go to a decision. We have seen this a fair bit over time so this is also possible.”
Who knows if Ngannou vs. Fury is actually a possibility, especially with the rumors of Fury retiring after his next bout with Dillian Whyte in April. Ngannou seems to know something that we don’t, however, first and foremost, Ngannou has to get healthy and recover from knee surgery.