Francis Ngannou says there is a ’70 percent chance ‘ Tyson Fury will be his next opponent, insisting he will not sign a new UFC contract without a fight against ‘The Gypsy King’ as part of the deal.
Fury was joined by Ngannou in the ring after his knockout victory over Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday, with both confirming plans for a ‘hybrid’ match in 2023.
UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou is in the middle of a contract dispute with the promotion, and his current contract expires in December.
The Cameroonian is eager to sign again, but insists it will be on condition that the UFC agrees to let him fight Fury.
“The Tyson Fury fight should be part of the discussion,” Ngannou told The MMA Hour on Monday.
‘That is not an option. It has to be part of the discussion, because if it is not part of the discussion, it will never be.
‘If I sign another contract now, pretty much the same model of the contract, I’m broken.
‘It never happens. So we have to figure out a way to implement this in a contract. ‘
Ngannou defended his heavyweight title against Cyril Gane in January, but the 35-year-old suggests his next fight may be against Fury.
“Make it a hybrid fight, something that makes it a little uncomfortable for him as a boxer,” Ngannou said.
‘Ideas like MMA gloves or barefoot fighting. I do not know, we still have to find out.
‘I would say there is a 70% chance that my next opponent is Tyson Fury. For his part, I would say 90% against me. ‘
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