Francis Ngannou may be the former UFC fighter, but Tyson Fury pulled off an MMA move during their clash.
Fury was dropped in the third round against Ngannou, but he recovered and reached the final bell to earn a controversial split decision victory on Saturday night.
Before the fight, there was a lot of talk about the fact that Ngannou’s chosen discipline was MMA and that he might struggle in a boxing ring.
But the Cameroonian held his own and looked more than competent against Fury, so much so that many people thought he deserved the decision.
Meanwhile, Fury’s boxing skills were a far cry from what we’re used to seeing in “The Gypsy King.”
And at one point, he even, presumably accidentally, threw an elbow that caused Ngannou to flush.
But “The Predator” showed an iron chin as he ate the shot, which barely affected him, and he continued to advance.
As for which combat sport Ngannou will continue to impress in the boxing ring, but also as a former UFC heavyweight champion, he said he will continue both.
“I can do both, nothing stops me from doing both,” Ngannou said.
“If I have the skills for both, why not? I never intended to take the plunge, fight and leave. It was never the plan.”
And in terms of Fury, he will next embark on an undisputed heavyweight title fight with Oleksandr Usyk.
The fight was due to take place on December 23, but Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said it could take place as late as March next year.