EXCLUSIVE: Dan Hardy Explains Why Francis Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury Is So ‘Fascinating’

Hardy has a clear reason why he's excited for Ngannou vs. Fury.

Dan Hardy and Francis Ngannou
Image Credit: Dan Hardy & Francis Ngannou's Instagram

Dan Hardy is excited to watch the spectacle that is Francis Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury.

Ngannou fought out his UFC contract and was able to sign a deal with PFL to continue his MMA career. But, he will also box Tyson Fury in a massive fight.

While Ngannou was a free agent, many said the former UFC heavyweight champ was fumbling the bag. But, Hardy says Ngannou’s free agent deal proves he made the right choice.

“He’s heading PFL Africa, we are developing talent on the African continent and be bringing that to the world soon. Ngannou will be integral to that. It’s an amazing move he has made, a very courageous one, and first of all, I’m very glad it has paid off for him and will continue to pay off for him,” Hardy said to MiddleEasy. But, the legacy will be far longer lasting I think, him moving over to the PFL roster and putting that $2 million paycheck on his opponent’s purse, he negotiated that for his opponent, not knowing who that would be.”

Hardy calls Ngannou ‘a wrecking ball of a human being’

Before Francis Ngannou makes his PFL debut, he will box Tyson Fury next month in a fight many expect ‘The Gypsy King’ to cruise to a win.

However, Dan Hardy believes the what-if of Ngannou knocking out Fury makes this fight so fascinating.

“You have the best MMA heavyweight fighter in the world vs. the best heavyweight boxer in the world and they are going to genuinely try to hurt one another. That for me, is fascinating. The difference for me between this and everything else is these are heavyweight and Francis Ngannou is a wrecking ball of a human being,” Hardy said.

“We are not watching this because we’re wondering how competitive it will be, right? Ultimately, we know Tyson Fury is the better boxer, we don’t need to quantify that, the chances of Ngannou winning are very very slim,” Hardy continued. “But, the reason we will all tune in is because of that what-if. It’s because of that what-if he does land, what if he does manage to clip Tyson Fury and Fury goes down and he doesn’t get up?”

As of right now, there is no word on when Ngannou’s PFL debut will happen.

Watch the full interview below:

Published on September 21, 2023 at 10:33 am
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