And if ? Francis Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury
Many experts ask about the top of the food chain at each weight split between the various mixed martial arts promotions, but what about the heap of the crop between MMA and boxing? If we saw Francois Ngannou take charge Tyson’s Fury inside the cage or the square circle, what would happen?
Francis Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury – What if?
This will obviously depend on the rules. If we were doing full MMA, Ngannou would be the clear favorite. And if it was boxing, then no doubt Fury would have his hand raised decisively.
What if it was some kind of hybrid rules? An MMA round, a boxing round or something like that. Things could get very interesting. Boxing tips would come in handy for Ngannou, as he’s Fury’s bread and butter. But grappling and MMA should be taught to Fury to help with the MMA trick.
In the past, people questioned Ngannou’s technique. Not only when it comes to his striking, but also his wrestling ability. In recent outings, we’ve seen a marked change in the way the Nigerian throws his shots. He no longer reaches or swings wildly, in fact, his shots have been cleaned up immensely since working with Xtreme Couture and specifically coach Eric Nicksick.
In the main event of UFC 270, Ngannou shocked the world when he mostly struggled en route to a decision win over Cyril Gane.
Ngannou suffered a serious knee injury before the fight and his doctor told him not to set foot in the Octagon. He did and in the first two rounds he said he was worried about his knee. However, once he realized he could take the French fighter down, it was all over. He felt victory on the canvas and he did just that. One more tool in the heavy pivot’s tool belt.
Putting all of these weapons together would be hard for anyone to handle, especially Tyson Fury.
Both men are big, however, Tyson Fury is huge. Ngannou is 6’4″ and weighs around 257 lbs, while Fury is 6’9″ and weighs 277 lbs. To be so big, you’d think it would slow him down, but it’s quite the opposite. The Englishman is extremely quick and agile for such a human monster.
Put the speed and agility with the fact that he has a tank of gas for days and is very difficult to manage. We saw against Deontay Wilder on the third outing, Fury used his weight and leaned on him a lot. If he were to learn any sort of cage wrestling or grappling, then his weight and stature alone could cause Ngannou problems.
He also has excellent ring knowledge and fantastic footwork.
Ultimately, this fight will never happen. But with MMA’s What If series, we thought we’d air it. Who do you think would take the cake if Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury set foot in the cage or face each other?