Francis Ngannou Signs Deal With The PFL – ‘I Am Very Excited’
Francis Ngannou has reportedly signed a deal with the PFL with his debut set to take place sometime in 2024.
That is according to the New York Times. The ex-UFC heavyweight champion had been a free agent ever since he left after beating Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.
Thereafter, he was linked with multiple organizations, such as ONE Championship, as well as the sport of boxing.
But now the doubts about his future moving forward have been dispelled. As part of the deal, Ngannou has joined the super-fight division.
He will also become chairman of PFL Africa and serve on the PFL advisory board to represent the interests of athletes.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨
"The Predator" @francis_ngannou is PFL bound!
He’s set to fight in the PFL’s PPV Superfight division https://t.co/Jal3clCZhW pic.twitter.com/5RRaG7oFwr
— PFL (@PFLMMA) May 16, 2023
“I am very excited for this game-changing partnership with the Professional Fighters League to continue my MMA fighting career in the PFL’s PPV Super Fights Division.
“I believe in the PFL’s ‘fighter first’ culture and global vision, including developing the sport in Africa.
“With that, I am also proud to announce that I will serve as Chairman of PFL Africa which will be the leading MMA organisation on the continent providing great African fighters the opportunity to compete on a global platform.
“Let’s just say, all-in my deal with PFL is more than anyone else offered,” Ngannou
But that is only just the start. The deal also allows Ngannou to pursue a boxing match, as the talks of a super fight with Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will only increase.
With that being said, the CEO of the PFL, Peter Murray, was clear that Ngannou was a major coup.
“This is not an athlete deal. Francis is an icon today in the sport, he is the best in the world at what he does, but he’s in business with the PFL. We’re in business together,” Murray
Social Media Reaction
— Rhandhy Rosario (@RR_Hernandez29) May 16, 2023
PFL contract + fluidity when it comes to boxing, best of both worlds 👊🏼
— Zoheb MMA (@ZohebMMA) May 16, 2023
The King is back 🇨🇲💪🏾 let’s go
— Giovani (@Giovani95746482) May 16, 2023