Dana White Forces Francis Ngannou to Make an Unwanted Decision for Anthony Joshua Fight in Saudi Arabia

Published 01/07/2024, 12:20 AM EST

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Francis Ngannou is gearing up for his second-ever boxing match against the formidable Anthony Joshua, one of the biggest names in the modern-day boxing world. “The Predator” is set to step into the ring in March, coincidentally close to UFC 299. Consequently, Ngannou had to adjust the date to avoid a clash with Dana White‘s UFC 299 event. The change of date might be to avoid a clash against the giant.

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Ngannou ste͏pped͏ into the boxing ring for the first time against Tyson Fury, and eve͏n though he ͏didn’t secure the win, his performance spoke for itself. ͏His reco͏rd may be ͏0-1, but he showed͏ he ͏can hold his own against ͏high-level boxers. But while Ngannou can handle the boxers at their own game, can he triumph over White’s promotion in a clash of events?

Francis Ngannou fears clash with UFC 299

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“The Battle of the Baddest’ was a high-stakes match which reportedly earned Francis Ngannou a massive $10 million. Dan͏a Whi͏te ͏accuse͏d Ngannou ͏of dropping͏ the ball when͏ he left the UFC, but recent de͏velopments sugges͏t otherwise. Ngannou’s upcoming ͏bout ͏against ͏Anthon͏y Joshua ͏is anticipated ͏to be a ͏lucra͏tive venture for ͏him. Despite the high expectatio͏ns, Ngannou is playing it safe and avoiding any ͏potential clas͏h with White.

As per reports the date of their clash has been changed to avoid clashing with UFC 299. As per senior reporter Mike Bohn, the bout has been moved to March 8 instead of March 9. “Joshua vs. Ngannou will take place March 8 – not March 9 – avoiding a same-day alignment with UFC 299 in Miami,” said Bohn.

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Interestingly, this move is justified. Back in 2019, boxing icon Canelo Alvarez had his fight against Sergey Kovalev delayed as Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz were about to lock horns for the BMF belt at UFC 244 in MSG, New York.

The clash will be a 10-round full-on match and will be taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With the Joshua fight, Ngannou will be closer to completing his two-step plan. So what’s this two-step plan of Ngannou that makes White furious, let’s find out.

Ngannou is close to completing his two-step plan

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The Cameroonian-French fighter left the UFC and relinquished his UFC heavyweight title in January 2023. Four months later he signed a deal with the PFL to fight under their banner. Dana White at that time claimed that his decision to leave the UFC was on him only because he was being offered a record-breaking deal to fight under the UFC’s banner but he refused it.

His PFL deal was lucrative enough as the promotion was paying him around $8 million to fight under their banner. Later the same year, Ngannou stunned the world with his boxing debut against Fury which got him a massive $10 million in only 1 fight. The heavyweight’s two-way plan was to fight independently in MMA as well as in boxing and seems like it’s working very well for the former UFC champion.

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While having a conversation with the MMA Hour, Ngannou said “I still want to achieve something in boxing and I want to stay in MMA as well. I discovered MMA first in my life and I feel like I have some mileage to give in my sport. In a perfect world, I go out there get some boxing matches then get some MMA, depending on the challenges that are out there. If they are out there, I want to fight the top guys in boxing.” now that he is facing Joshua seems like his plan has succeeded. What is your take on Ngannou’s decision?

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I'm Suryakant Das, an avid sports enthusiast from a family that cherishes the world of sports. I still vividly recall the day my father took me to watch Indian wrestling, sparking my fascination with the discipline and the aura of those warriors. Over time, my love for combat sports grew, and now, I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports.
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