Ngannou’s PFL Debut After Joshua, Faces Ferreira/Bader Winner

Francis Ngannou will fight the winner of Renan Ferreira vs Ryan Bader in his PFL debut after Anthony Joshua.

Ngannou has his second boxing fight since signing with the PFL against Joshua on March 8. This follows his impressive performance against Tyson Fury last year, even if he lost a split decision. The performance secured him a top-ten WBC ranking as he is two fights away from becoming boxing’s Undisputed Heavyweight Champion. This raised questions over whether he would ever fight in MMA again. 

His last MMA fight took place in 2022, as he beat Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 to defend his UFC Heavyweight Title. However, contract talks broke down, as Ngannou left the UFC last year. Now, he will make his return against the PFL’s best. Ferreira is the PFL Heavyweight Champion, while Bader is the same in Bellator. Following PFL’s acquisition of Bellator, the PFL vs. Bellator: Champs card was announced to determine the best heavyweight. They will square off this weekend in Saudi Arabia, giving Ngannou the chance to become champion again. 

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“The PFL is excited to announce Francis Ngannou’s return to MMA in the PFL PPV Division will be against the winner of the PFL Champion vs Bellator Champion Heavyweight super fight between Renan Ferreira and Ryan Bader. Francis is a true combat sports icon with a global fan base and appeal. We, along with the rest of the MMA world, will be watching to see who his first opponent will be, Ferreira or Bader,” Peter Murray (PFL CEO)

“I think the winner of this is the guy I’m going to fight in my MMA return. It is my intention to return to the sport. When exactly, I think depends on March 8. Everything depends on March 8. (Bader and Ferreira) are both champions and one of them is going to be a champ-champ. So, I think there wasn’t a better way to find an opponent for me, since I am a champion myself, just in case you have forgotten,” Ngannou revealed 


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