Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou jokingly hinted at doing business with his former boss.
Ngannou will look to prove UFC President Dana White and others wrong when he faces Tyson Fury in his boxing debut on October 28. The fight was announced last week and will take place over 10 rounds in Saudi Arabia.
Ngannou parted ways with the UFC earlier this year and ended up signing with the PFL. He’s expected to make his SmartCage debut next year after the fight with Fury.
Just days after Ngannou signed with the PFL, White mocked Ngannou’s deal and hinted that the former champion was looking for a ‘gimmick fight’ that wouldn’t present himself. He compared Ngannou’s desires to the level of the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight in 2017.
In response, Ngannou has taken White’s jabs in stride and even created a fight promotion called GIMIK Fight Promotions, an homage to White’s remarks.
Francis Ngannou Wants To Co-Promote Gimmick Fight With Dana White
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Ngannou threw a jab at White’s ‘gimmick fight’ comments.
“I don’t worry about that, at the end of the day…it was all about ‘gimmick fight’,” Ngannou said. “Which is the same thing he was trying to do, a gimmick fight. Next time that he has a gimmick fight, he should send it over to me…”
Ngannou was then pushed about whether or not GIMIK Fight Promotions is legitimately in the works.
“It’s a real thing,” Ngannou ensured. “It’s a real thing already, it’s on…I’ll put on an event, for sure. Gimmick fight [LAUGHS].”
White reportedly attempted to book a crossover fight between UFC Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and Fury in recent months, but the fight didn’t come to fruition and the Ngannou matchup was finalized.
Ngannou will fight for the first time since his UFC heavyweight title defense against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. He parted ways with the UFC exactly one year later after a rocky contract negotiation with the promotion.
Ngannou’s GIMIK Fight Promotions could host an event, but it seems unlikely that he’ll seek the help of White to make it happen. Things seemingly remain tense between White and Ngannou.
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