Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has instructed that Francis Ngannou might have mishandled his negotiations with the UFC in pursuit of a possible superfight with heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury.
Bisping, who is thought for his outspoken evaluation of the game, acknowledged on his YouTube channel that he believes Ngannou ought to have stayed within the UFC, the place he would have had extra eyeballs on him in comparison with boxing.
“The one which Francis Ngannou actually desires — and I believe that is why he’s keen to stroll away from the UFC, which once more, I believe he’s mishandled that, I actually do,” Bisping mentioned on his YouTube channel (h/t MMA Information). “I believe extra eyes might be on him within the blended martial arts world — it’s that struggle with Tyson Fury. Keep in mind, after one in all Fury’s fights… Francis Ngannou was there.”
Bisping went on to elucidate that whereas a boxing match with Fury would generate a “gigantic payday” for Ngannou, he believes it might be a “one-and-done” scenario, with a loss probably hurting his probabilities of re-signing with the UFC sooner or later.
“A one-off struggle with ‘The Gypsy King’ Tyson Fury, top-of-the-line heavyweight boxers we’ve ever seen, would generate a big payday,” Bisping continued. “There’s little doubt about that. Tyson Fury is an enormous star. But it surely’s actually, realistically, going to be a one-and-done. I believe — and that is no disrespect to Francis — in blended martial arts he’s extremely efficient, in boxing he might be extremely efficient, however he’s additionally gonna be type of out-skilled… Tyson Fury would, greater than seemingly, 9 instances out of 10 win that struggle… Then what does Francis Ngannou do?”
Regardless of not being underneath contract with the UFC, Ngannou remains to be top-of-the-line pound-for-pound fighters on the planet and one of many hottest commodities in fight sports activities, with loads of choices out there to him each in MMA and presumably boxing.