Adesanya Reacts To Fury-Ngannou, Volkanovski’s Next Move

November 15, 2023
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In some MMA news, Israel Adesanya has reacted to Francis Ngannou’s performance against Tyson Fury.

The former middleweight champion reacted to Ngannou’s impressive performance in which he managed to knock the WBC heavyweight champion to the floor in round three.

Despite not being given a split-decision win, Ngannou managed to win a whole range of new fans. This was particularly since there was a perception that he should have been given a win.

After all, Carl Froch and Carl Frampton had given the win to Ngannou. And since they were former world champions, their comments did carry some weight.

“I thought Ngannou won that fight. At times I could not believe what I was watching. Francis came in to his first boxing match and was fighting the heavyweight champion of the world, how was he supposed to win? But in my eyes he won. He boxed beautifully at times,” Frampton stated 

Adesanya On Ngannou-Fury

Nevertheless, Adesanya did admit that Ngannou had provided enough action to justify the performance. 

“I wasn’t scoring the fight, because I was in the zone. I was bobbing and weaving. You know when you watch someone you care about fight? You’re just ‘mom’s spaghetti,’ sweaty, so I was just watching the fight. He was holding his own, it was good, he was doing the things they were working on backstage.

“[After the knockdown] I lost my s***. … We just lost it. Me and [Junior Dos Santos] were up and down, and I was just, it was just a moment. It’s almost like it was meant to happen. I don’t know if that makes sense. It was meant to happen, the knockdown. The way he knocked me down. And then doing that in front of him. I just lost my s***. I didn’t know what was what after that,” Adesnya

While Adesanya was left feeling impressed, the same could not have been said for Alexander Volkanovski during his last fight. The featherweight champion faced Islam Makhachev in their rematch after taking the bout on short notice.

Things did not go to plan as Volkanovski was stopped in the first round. Thereafter, the Australian admitted that he took the fight on the basis of staying active, which did come back to haunt him.

Volkanovski’s Next Fight

Despite suggestions that Volkanovski should take some time off before rushing back into a fight, it appears that his next move is being lined up. MMA reporter Ariel Helwani confirmed as much.

“The current plan – though not finalized just yet – is to have Islam Makhachev x Charles Oliveira 2 – headline UFC 297. That event, while not officially announced yet, is currently slated to Jan. 20 in Toronto. The original plan for that main was Volkanovski x Topuria, but now the plan is for that to be on the February PPV. Raquel Pennington x Mayra Bueno Silva for the vacant 135 title also scheduled for that January card, as reported yesterday,” Helwani

Ngannou and Volkanovski’s next steps will be crucial, with plenty on the line. Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingblitz.