May 6, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; UFC president Dana White during weigh ins for UFC 274 at the Arizona Federal Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ngannou’s Shocking 10 Rounds with Fury: Dana White Stunned!

UFC CEO praises former heavyweight champion's unexpected resilience in the boxing ring.

Ngannou Impresses with 10-Round Bout Against Fury, White Reacts

In an unexpected turn of events, ex-UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, faced off against heavyweight boxing champ, Tyson Fury, in a crossover boxing match this past Saturday in Saudi Arabia. Despite skepticism from UFC CEO Dana White, Ngannou not only went the full 10 rounds with Fury but also knocked down the WBC heavyweight champion in a closely contested fight.

Ngannou’s performance was particularly surprising considering White’s initial dismissal of the bout as a “gimmick” fight and a miscalculation on Ngannou’s part. White had even ruled out Ngannou’s return to the UFC after the fighter chose boxing over re-signing with the promotion.

“The fact that he went 10 rounds with Tyson Fury is crazy,”

White remarked on Donald Trump Jr.’s Triggered podcast. He compared Ngannou’s feat to Conor McGregor’s bout with Floyd Mayweather and Anthony Pettis’ victory over Roy Jones Jr., emphasizing the unusual and impressive nature of these crossover events.

White’s response to queries about Ngannou’s move affecting the UFC was nonchalant.

“I don’t care,” he stated, acknowledging that fighters need to make the right choices for their careers and families. Despite this, White maintained his stance against entering the boxing promotion business, agreeing with Trump Jr. that the industry is “broken” and difficult to deal with.

Trump Jr. pointed out that the pay structure in boxing, which allows fighters to take a significant share of the profits, could be a factor in the sport’s issues. White concurred, noting that the lack of control makes it challenging to build a sustainable business model in boxing compared to sports like NFL, NBA, or MLB.

In summary, despite initial reservations and Ngannou’s departure from UFC, White couldn’t help but commend Ngannou’s effort against Fury.

“I didn’t see the fight, but the fact that he went 10 rounds is unbelievable,” White concluded.

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