Feb 15, 2020; Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA; UFC fighter Jon Jones attends the light heavyweight bout between Jan Blachowicz (blue) and Corey Anderson (red) during UFC Fight Night at Santa Ana Star Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Jones Stunned! Ngannou Almost Dethrones Fury in Shocking Debut

Despite the Odds, Ngannou's Knockdown Steals the Spotlight in Split Decision Clash

Ngannou’s Near-Upset of Fury Earns Praise from UFC Champ Jon Jones

In a surprising turn of events this past weekend, Francis Ngannou, 37, almost clinched a victory over Tyson Fury in his professional boxing debut. The fight, which took place this past Saturday, ended in a narrow and controversial split decision in favor of Fury. MMA fighter Jon Jones, 36, commended Ngannou’s performance, stating,

“I thought he did great, I’m glad the fight was competitive. Opens so many doors for everyone in the future.”

Despite being a heavy underdog, Ngannou showcased his prowess by pushing Fury to his limits. The former UFC heavyweight champion knocked Fury down in the third round with a hard left hook, marking the only knockdown of the fight. Ngannou also opened a cut on Fury’s forehead and held his own for all 10 rounds. The close match ended in a split decision win for Fury, with one judge awarding the fight to Ngannou, highlighting the impressiveness of his debut.

Jones, a widely recognized figure in MMA history and the current UFC heavyweight champion, has had a history of rivalry with Ngannou. The two have exchanged words over social media and in person regarding who is the “Baddest Man on the Planet” in MMA. Jones, who is recovering from a shoulder injury that led to the cancellation of his UFC 295 title defense against former champion Stipe Miocic, gave Ngannou credit for his performance. His commendation is notable given their history and suggests a level of respect for Ngannou’s achievement in the ring against Fury.

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