Midnight Mania! Chael Sonnen rants against Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou: ‘Dumbest idea in sports history’


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I don’t have the data to back it up, but MMA fans seem to be tuning into the idea that boxing matches featuring MMA fighters vs. actual boxers do not usually go so well for the cage fighters. Maybe it started with the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather robbery, but Jake Paul beating up champions and legends of the Octagon with relative ease has woken up many fans.

That didn’t stop Francis Ngannou from leaving UFC in pursuit of ringed glory.

On paper, Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury sounds like an intriguing match up regardless of the venue. An active UFC Heavyweight champion against the best big man boxer of the last decade? That’s a fight that should draw a lot of eyes! Still, in what feels like an attempt to appeal to jaded fight fans, Fury has proposed a special ruleset — “in a cage, four-ounce gloves, under Queensbury” — that surely offers Ngannou better odds than a classic boxing battle.

Surprisingly, former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen doesn’t agree. The ESPN analyst has a major problem with the proposed mixed rules, and he just doesn’t understand why Fury didn’t accept a straight boxing match.

“I see Tyson Fury come out over the weekend and finally clear up first what we’re going to do first with Francis,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel (via MMAJunkie). “They’ve always said they’re going to make up a sport. These two were going to do a game, but they were going to do something combat related. For reasons unknown, they weren’t going to box. Francis offered to box, and for reasons unknown, Tyson did not accept that invitation, and they were going to make up rules.

“Tyson finally laid out for us what they are. They were going to fight in a cage. I have no idea why. They’re going to fight in a cage. OK, fine. They’re going to wear four-once gloves. I have no idea why, but OK, fine. They are then going to follow boxing rules, the rules of Queensbury. …

“I put this out there because of how disappointing it is to see these boxers as beggers. Guys that are hot to fight to go out there and get it on your own, that have physical capabilities that other men can only dream of. But they don’t know how to go out there and get it on their own. They just don’t know how. I bring it to you because to watch Tyson Fury beg, it was surprising. I don’t want to call it disappointing. It was really close to calling it that, but I don’t want to call it that. So Tyson comes to us with perhaps the dumbest idea in sports history. He knows it is.”

It takes a lot of gall to label something the “dumbest idea in sports history” during the same month that Power Slap debuted.

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This story originally Appeared on MMAmania

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