‘Jon Jones First’- Francis Ngannou Responds to Tyson Fury’s Call-Out

Published 04/29/2021, 8:32 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon prepares to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou took to social media and responded to a call-out recently made by the WBC champion. Boxing ace Tyson Fury issued a clear-cut challenge to Ngannou and offered him ‘Gypsy King money’ to scrap. Chiefly, this isn’t the first time Fury has come out and aimed at Ngannou, and it likely won’t be the last either.

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Francis Ngannou let it be known that he would be happy to accept Fury’s challenge, however, it would be on his terms. ‘The Predator’ is on deck to defend his belt for the first time against consensus GOAT Jon Jones. That’s a massive fight for all involved, and Ngannou’s first priority remains getting Jones on board.

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However, as it stands, Jon Jones isn’t seeing eye-to-eye with the UFC over the contractual specificities of that fight. Given the Ngannou is under contract with the UFC, he wouldn’t be able to simply sign up to battle Fury. However, Mayweather vs McGregor set a precedent in combat sports that anything is truly possible.

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The Predator’ has garnered a lot of attention as of late, and his career-defining KO over Stipe Miocic was a game-changer. Ngannou knocked out Miocic in the second round and left no doubt that he’s the baddest man on the planet. However, ‘The Gypsy King’ believes he has a stake in that conversation and is keen to put a fight together.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon kicks Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Francis Ngannou has looked unstoppable as of late, and his punching power is virtually unparalleled in the UFC. Derrick Lewis is probably the only other elite fighter who can give Francis Ngannou a run for his money. However, Tyson Fury has stood across Deontay Wilder twice and faced him head-on to great success.

After taking on a KO juggernaut like ‘The Bronze Bomber’, it’s understandable that Tyson Fury is confident in his ability. Fight fans would definitely love to see the heavyweight giants cross over and put on and show of epic proportions. The spectacle of the fight alone is sure to bring in a drove of casual and hardcore fans.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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