PFL Chairman Donn Davis Says Francis Ngannou And Cris Cyborg Will Make Their Debuts In The Summer

PFL Chairman Donn Davis has announced that Francis Ngannou and Cris Cyborg’s debuts will take place this year.

Davis confirmed that Ngannou will face Renan Ferreira this summer in a main event in Saudi Arabia. The card will also feature Cris Cyborg vs. Larissa Pacheco as a co-main event, while Cedric Doumbe will appear on the undercard. No date has been finalized, but it is expected to take place between July and September.

Ngannou has not fought in MMA since signing his PFL deal. The deal included an option to box, which he took up against Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. The Predator put in an impressive performance against Fury, even if he lost a split decision. He dropped the WBC Heavyweight Champion in round three and lasted the distance.

The performance earned him a top-ten WBC ranking. But Ngannou was knocked out in his last fight against Anthony Joshua in the second round, getting dropped three times. Ferreira is coming off a first-round knockout win over Ryan Bader on the PFL vs Bellator: Champs card last month.

Cyborg has been desperate to make her PFL debut since the organization acquired Bellator. Her last fight was a first-round knockout win over Cat Zingano at Bellator 300 last October, as she successfully defended her Bellator Featherweight World Title. She was keen on securing a fight with Kayla Harrison; however, that fell through. Harrison left the PFL to sign with the UFC and secured a fight against Holly Holm at UFC 300.

Davis’ Announcement

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“Will it be as early as July? Maybe. Will it be as late as September? No later. But you’ll see Francis now in 2024, in PFL, against ‘La Problemo’ [Renan Ferreira] in what I believe is going to be the fight I’m looking forward to the most in the heavyweight division of all of MMA. That will be a pay-per-view fight. That [event] will also have Cris Cyborg against Larissa Pacheco as the co-main fight.

“That [card] will also have Cedric Doumbe against somebody we’ll announce. So that [fight card] is going to be big just because of Francis, but that fight [card] will have other very compelling matchups on it. That fight card will take place in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, but the details in terms of the full card, the details in terms of the month and the timing, we won’t announce that for about two more months,” Davis said


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