“He Fought Ciryl Gane and Wrestled Him” – Dana White Shoots Down $100 Million Ngannou-Fury Fight Talks

Published 05/04/2022, 7:09 AM EDT

The ongoing contract dispute between the reigning UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou could potentially see him walk away. ‘The Predator’ has stated his desire to test his skills in the boxing ring, especially against the multiple-time unbeaten world champion, Tyson Fury. However, Dana White isn’t sold with the idea.

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During Tyson Fury’s post-fight interview, Ngannou was seen alongside the boxing legend who defended his WBC belt against Dillian Whyte. This sent the community into overdrive as talks about the crossover bout picked up steam, but the UFC president found it “silly.”

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In an interview with TMZ Sports, Dana White said, “You know I am friends with Tyson. He’s one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. One of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Going in against one of my MMA guys, it’s just we saw this movie before. We know how this story ends.”

When the UFC President was quizzed about the matchup and how Ngannou could fare, he replied, “100% percent and he just fought Ciryl Gane and wrestled him. It is a silly conversation.”

Dana White believes McGregor-Mayweather made sense, but the interest isn’t the same for Fury vs Ngannou

During the conversation, White also touched upon his reasons behind allowing Conor McGregor to crossover. He claimed that the fight against Floyd Mayweather made sense, as fans wanted to see it. He also suggested that there isn’t the same level of interest in pitting Ngannou against Fury, as the unbeaten boxer has beaten who’s who of boxing.

Per the UFC head honcho, “The difference was, the Conor-Floyd thing became bigger than, you know? Everywhere I went people were talking about it, all the media was talking about it, and fans wanted to see it.” 

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GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

He then remarked that Fury vs Ngannou isn’t the same, “Nobody has beaten my door down for this”

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Ngannou hopes to insert a boxing clause in his UFC contract. It serves as one of the underlying stipulations for him to remain with the promotion. However, White doesn’t think it could stack up with the hype that May-Mac had back in the day.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. He has been writing since 2016 across various fields, having done his BBA from T.I.

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