Francis Ngannou makes cheeky dig at UFC boss Dana White in official announcement of Tyson Fury fight

FRANCIS NGANNOU took the opportunity to fire shots at Dana White in the announcement of his boxing match with Tyson Fury.

The former UFC heavyweight champion’s multi-million-pound Saudi showdown with the Gypsy King was officially announced on Tuesday.

It saw Ngannou bag the biggest purse of his career a mere six months after leaving MMA’s top promotion.

White wasn’t keen on making the bout while the Cameroonian was still under contract with the UFC and recently suggested it a “gimmick fight”.

Ngannou, 36, clearly took the comments to heart, setting up his own promotion aptly named GIMIK Fight Promotions.

Ngannou’s formation of the promotion was revealed in the official press release for the fight.

An excerpt of the release read: “The clash is to find out who is ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ will take place under the official rules of boxing, with 3 judges ringside adopting the 10-point must system.

“Both fighters, however, are promising to meet in the middle of the ring, go to war and win by knockout in devastating fashion.

“An agreement has been reached with Queensberry, Top Rank and Ngannou’s Promotional banner, Gimik Fight Promotions, to partner with Riyadh Season to host the history-making event that will capture the imagination of fight fans around the globe.”

UFC fans were quick to see the not-so thinly-veiled dig at White and were quick to comment, with one saying: “No way hahaha genius.”

Ngannou’s clash with WBC heavyweight champion Fury will mark his professional boxing debut, in which he plans to turn the combat sports world upside down.

The Predator said: “I’ve been waiting to meet Tyson in the ring for the past three years.

“My dream was always to box, and to box the best.

“After becoming the undisputed MMA Heavyweight Champion, this is my opportunity to make that dream come true and cement my position as the baddest man on the planet…

“All I will say to Tyson for now is he better dance in that ring because if I touch him, he’s going to sleep.”

Francis Ngannou makes cheeky dig at UFC boss Dana White in official announcement of Tyson Fury fight | The Sun

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