Joe Rogan has explained to Mike Tyson why he wants to see UFC champions Kamaru Usman and Francis Ngannou cross over into boxing for fights with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Tyson Fury.
The long-time UFC commentator and popular podcaster doesn’t necessarily think the MMA fighters stand a chance but says he would be happy to see Usman and Ngannou make monster paydays.
“I hope they let him (Francis Ngannou) do that, the same way they let Conor (McGregor) do it. Make that payday. The same with (Kamaru) Usman fighting Canelo, Rogan said on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast.
“I would like to see him fight Canelo, I really would. Not because I think that he’s a favorite in a boxing match against one of the greatest boxers of all time, but I want to see him get a giant payday.
“The same way I would like to see [Francis] Ngannou fight Tyson Fury. That’s a way you can make a s*** load of money, and I don’t think it damages his potential as a UFC fighter.
Rogan believes that as well as making a ton of money in boxing, Usman will also get the chance to improve his striking skills by going through a boxing camp and sharing the ring with one of the very best fighters of all time.
“I think it would be an invaluable experience for him, as a champion, if he did have that fight and then came back over to MMA,” Rogan said.
“I think he’d probably be even better as a striker if he gets through it relatively undamaged, even if he loses. He’s gonna feel some pain. It’s not the same sport, but he’s a dude that knows how to win.”
Usman has been calling for a fight with Canelo since defending his UFC welterweight title for the fifth time by beating Colby Covington by unanimous decision in November 2021.
The Mexican boxing superstar has dismissed talk of the crossover fight with Usman, for the most part, and it appears that ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is now set to put his title on the line against Leon Edwards later this year.
Despite being the UFC heavyweight champion, Ngannou seems set to leave the promotion after completing the final fight on his current contract earlier this year when picking up a decision win over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.
Ngannou is tied to the MMA leader for three more fights or one year – whatever comes first – due to a championship clause in his contract. However, the 35-year-old recently underwent knee surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined until the end of 2022.
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