It seems fans’ dream of watching a crossover fight between Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury will remain a dream as UFC president, Dana White sternly shot down the idea. It was reported that Ngannou wants to include a clause of a boxing fight with Fury in his new contract with the UFC. However, White has plainly said that it is not going to happen.
“I don’t love the crossover fights. I don’t love ’em.”, White said on The Pat McAfee Show. White added that it is a “silly conversation” and the whole crossover fight is just a waste of time, energy and money.
“‘Cause they’re fu****g’ stupid, fu****g’ waste of time, energy, and money. … It’s silly, but I get it. Boxing is a massive advantage for Tyson Fury. Ngannou just wrestled Ciryl Gane. … If you know anything about fighting, it’s a silly conversation”, White said.
Notably, following his win over Dillian Whyte, boxing’s WBC heavyweight champion Fury and UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou expressed their desire to have a potential bout.
Although White has expressed his disliking for crossover fights, the UFC president was the one in 2017 who had organised a boxing match between former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.
“The thing was, the Floyd-Conor fight took on a life of its own. I mean, everywhere I went that’s all people were asking me about. It got to a point where fans wanted to see that fight and the media wanted to see that fight, and you know me. People aren’t knocking our door down for this fight”, White explained.