UFC commentator Joe Rogan wants to see Francis Ngannou back in the octagon, but the can’t fault the ex-UFC champ for seeking a big payday in boxing.
Rogan believes Ngannou will take part in a boxing match, and that a fight with Tyson Fury, a heavyweight boxing champion is possible. Rogan believes that Ngannou will cash in and he’ll be able to return to UFC to take on the winner of Jon Jones against Ciryl Gane.
“The perfect world is, [Ngannou] goes over, has some big money, heavyweight boxing fight, Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane have a fight, Jon wins, Cyril wins, whoever wins is the UFC champ, and then Francis comes back,” Rogan told fellow UFC commentator Paul Felder on his “JRE MMA” podcast.
“He can totally come back – Francis if you’re listening, sir, please don’t sign an exclusive contract.”
Jones and Gane meet in the pay-per-view headliner of UFC 285, which takes place March 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Jones initially campaigned against Ngannou. However, Jones’ financial needs led to a dispute with UFC which saw him lose the light-heavyweight title. Jones bulked up in anticipation of a move to heavyweight but ultimately sat out for over two years. His new deal with the UFC came as Ngannou rejected the promotion’s offer to re-sign.
Ngannou’s future is still uncertain. The longtime MMA heavyweight, 36, is fielding multiple offers as a free agent. Eddie Hearn, exec of The MMA Hour , Matchroom Boxing revealed that he was an informal suitor for Ngannou on Wednesday and announced that he had a fight with Anthony Joshua.
Ngannou is already in the ring alongside Fury. Fury engaged in some friendly trash talking against Fury after beating Dillian white this April.
After outpointing Derek Chisora this past December, Fury recently called for a showdown with Ngannou – using four-ounce gloves in a cage with Mike Tyson as the referee. Ngannou subsequently told TMZ he was in touch with Fury’s team, who said the champ is lining up a title fight against champ Oleksandr Usyk for April.
Rogan has no opinion on Ngannou’s next move. But he supports the ex-champ’s bid to make life-changing money.
” Who knows what happens if someone offers Rogan a lot of money?” Rogan stated. “Look, I mean, if someone says, ‘Hey, I’ll give you $100 million,’ whatever you say. OK, what I gotta do fight, Jake Paul, what do I have to do? If they’re gonna offer him big money…but I think they’re trying to do a Tyson Fury fight.”
If he picks Fury the UFC commentator and podcaster doesn’t like Ngannou’s chances.
“Francis Ngannou could knock out any human being on earth if he can hit them clean on the chin,” Rogan said. Good luck to Tyson Fury